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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A seasonal worker harvests tobacco plants.

How bankers muscled ratings agencies on tobacco bonds

Banks pushed firms to give better ratings to companies that are now close to default.
Posted In: tobacco, bonds

Teachers' needs drive a growing online marketplace

Teachers spend their own money on supplies, but now they're buying from each other
Posted In: Education, teaching, Etsy
Rep. Steve King, center, R-Iowa, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speak with a reporter at the Capitol as the House of Representatives continues a temporary recess on Dec. 11 in Washington.

Why D.C. is up in arms about derivatives ... again

On the spending bill chopping block: A section of the Dodd-Frank Regulatory Reform bill. So what does it do exactly?
Posted In: Congress, budget, congressional budget, Derivatives
Sony Pictures Studios this month in Los Angeles.

Cyber-crime fighters profit in a 'hacked economy'

Companies that may profit most are those that can quickly detect and contain breaches.
Posted In: data breach, cybersecurity, Sony
A shopper pays cash for sales merchandise at the Lakeline Mall in Austin, Texas.

Why a strong dollar's a dud for indebted foreign firms

The dollar is up. Great news, right? Maybe not if you’re an emerging economy.
Posted In: the dollar, global economy, borrowing, emerging economy

Inside the 'investor economy'

It's been a banner year for corporate bond issuance and American stocks. Meanwhile, commodity prices are falling precipitously. What unites them all? Investors.
Posted In: investor, market, Economy

A fitness tracking app that will lower your deductible

In Massachusetts, working out can benefit your body and your bank account.
Posted In: exercise, deduction, Health, health tracking
Heat waves emanate from the exhaust of a transit bus as it passes an American flag hanging from the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice.

How EPA weighs costs, benefits of air pollution regulation

Agency is forbidden from taking costs into account when writing rules like one proposed this week that would lower amount of smog-causing ozone allowed in the air.
Posted In: pollution, cities, Environment
President Barack Obama announced executive actions on U.S. immigration policy Thursday during a nationally televised address from the White House. Several key industries will be affected by his announcement.

The economic impact of Obama's immigration reform

Obama's executive action on immigration will affect more immigrants than any previous immigration action by a sitting president. The centerpiece will provide protection from deportation and a path to a work permit for about 4 million unauthorized immigrants.
Posted In: Immigration, immigration reform, Jobs, industries
 Senator Jack Reed speaks to the press. The senator introduced legislation that would provide more oversight of the New York Fed.

Why the New York Fed is in the hot seat

Legislators call for more oversight after recordings appear to show N.Y. fed cozying up to institutions it is supposed to regulate.
Posted In: Fed, new york fed, jack reed, william dudley

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