Stan Alcorn is a reporter based in New York City. In addition to his work for Marketplace, he has reported for Fast Company, WNYC and NPR.

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Oil, futures and 'super contango.' What's it all mean?

When low prices and high supplies converge, you get a super-rare situation.
Posted In: crude oil, futures, commodites, traders
Google announced plans to delve deeper into the mobile network business.

Google's wireless gamble

The Internet giant is a new entrant in an already crowded marketplace.
Posted In: Google, mobile, wireless, Internet
A raise in wages incur costs to Walmart shareholders.

Wal-Mart's wage increase isn't only for good PR

Higher wages means rising costs. How will shareholders react to this new paradigm?
Posted In: Walmart, shareholders, minimum wage, pay
Hard drives

Is the NSA monitoring foreign hard drives?

Security experts say the scope of the hack suggests a state actor.
Posted In: malware, spying, nsa
The International Monetary Fund and conflict-torn Ukraine have reached a preliminary deal on a new financial rescue plan worth $17.5 billion dollars that could be a 'turning point' for Kiev, Christine Lagarde said on February 12 .

This might hurt a bit: The downside of Ukraine's IMF loan

A $17.5 billion IMF package for Ukraine comes with challenging conditions.
Posted In: IMF, ukraine, austerity

The connection between hacking and tax fraud

A flood of phony TurboTax filings is raising concerns of identity theft tax fraud.
Posted In: turbotax, Anthem, identity theft
In a previous meeting last fall, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel walks with President Obama in Brisbane, Australia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits President Obama

Conflicts facing European continent are likely to be at the top of their agenda.
Posted In: Angela Merkel, ukraine, Greece
Mary and Chris Madoyris pose while waiting for their vow renewal ceremony to start during an Elvis Festival in Australia.

How online minister ordination mills work (or don't)

More brides and grooms are choosing to get married outside religious institutions.
Posted In: wedding, weddings, marriage
A manipulated image of an Office Depot storefront shows one version of the future if a $6.3 billion deal with Staples is approved.

Why Staples may be allowed to buy Office Depot

Aided by a changing competitive landscape, $6.3 billion deal could be approved.
Posted In: staples, office depot, shareholders
An Exxon station in Miami.

Big Oil cuts back, but not on dividends

ExxonMobil profits are down 21 percent, so company curtails jobs and investments.
Posted In: Oil, gas, dividends, stocks

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