Stacey Vanek Smith is a senior reporter for Marketplace, where she covers banking, consumer finance, housing and advertising. She began her career with Marketplace in 2003 as an assistant producer and has worked as an editor, reporter and fills in as host on the Marketplace Morning Report. Vanek Smith is a graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and creative writing. She holds a masters degree in French cultural studies and a masters in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. She also received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation to attend the Wharton Business Journalist Seminars in 2010. She is fluent in French and proficient in German. Vanek Smith’s work has appeared in TIME magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Boise Weekly, Idaho Weddings, Freakonomics Radio, Weekend America, The California Report and Marketplace. A native of Idaho, Vanek Smith now lives in Brooklyn. She spends most of her free time exploring the city, cooking, watching reality television and trying to decide who makes the best pizza in New York.

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Features by Stacey Vanek Smith

Small banks and the aftermath of the financial crisis

A House committee holds a hearing to consider the impact of post-recession reforms on small banks and credit unions.
Posted In: financial crisis, Banks, credit unions, small banks

Quiz: Is this story an ad?

If you've ever found it hard to discern what’s a news story and what’s an ad on a certain website, you’re not alone.
Posted In: native ads

What is a commodity, anyway?

Investors who are worried about inflation have been pouring money into commodities like gold, silver and wheat. But what is a commodity, anyway? And why are they considered a good investment for inflation hawks?
Posted In: commodities, investment, apples

Dow 16,000. WTF?!?!?!

The record-high Dow performance means something to the trading and investing community, but to you and me?
Posted In: Dow Jones, DJIA, NASDAQ

The First Lady economy

Michelle Obama has a new pet project: Getting kids into college. But will her involvement help or hurt the initiative?
Posted In: Michelle Obama, childhood, obesity

Special delivery from Amazon and USPS: Sunday packages

Amazon has signed a deal with the U.S. Postal Service for Sunday deliveries this holiday season.
Posted In: Amazon, usps, UPS, fedex

The most important person in Twitter's IPO

In the Twitter IPO, the pivotal role is played by a human: the designated market maker, who will act as a conduit for all trading in Twitter shares.
Posted In: Twitter IPO, Jack Dorsey, NYSE

Apps, fancy combines, and big money: The future of farming is now

Farmers in Iowa are using technology to improve their crops -- and their bottom lines.
Posted In: farming, Iowa

SAC's $1.2B fine: When does a scoop become insider trading?

The hedge fund SAC has plead guilty to insider trading. The government has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to trading in material non-public information.
Posted In: SAC, Steven A. Cohen, hedge funds

Tapering our own economic expectations

The Federal Reserve reaffirmed, to no one's surprise, that its stimulus will continue.
Posted In: Fed, Bernanke, taper, interest rates, dual mandate

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