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Justin Ho

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An app gives you unlimited movie tickets for $9.95. Theaters aren't happy

Aug 25, 2017
Imagine being able to see an unlimited number of movies at your local theater for about the same price you pay for Spotify or Netflix. A subscription movie ticket service, called MoviePass, is doing just that…and not everyone’s happy about it. AMC theaters recently took steps to block the service at some of its locations, arguing […]

Banks are rethinking their premium credit card offerings

Aug 15, 2017
Bank of America plans to launch a new premium rewards credit card next month. The bank is entering a crowded field of similar products from American Express and Chase, whose Sapphire Reserve card made headlines for its initial 100,000-point sign-up bonus and $450 annual fee. As a result, banks are changing the way they try […]
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Churchill Downs: More than just the Kentucky Derby

May 5, 2017
Horse racing’s Triple Crown kicks off Saturday with the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. It’s been a good year for the racetrack’s parent company, whose stock has risen 30 percent, double last year’s gains in the S&P 500. These days though, Churchill Downs Inc. doesn’t really resemble a racetrack company. Click the audio player above […]
A view of last year's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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The IRS brings in private debt collectors

Apr 18, 2017
It’s our duty to inform you that today is tax day. If you have some outstanding debt owed to the Internal Reserve Service, you might have a new kind of debt collector coming after you this year. The IRS is bringing on four private debt-collection agencies to go after certain older tax debts: CBE, ConServe, […]

Real estate investors help grow the medical-marijuana business

Feb 28, 2017
And, land a cannabis-related stock on the New York Stock Exchange.
Inside a growhouse at PharmaCann in Hamptonburgh, New York
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Panama tries to shake off "Panama Papers" brand

Panama has just opened a new, wider canal, but less cause for celebration is its reputation as a go-to spot for hiding money.
A guard sits outside the headquarters of Mossack Fonseca in Panama City.
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The canal has made Panama rich, but inequality persists

With over a quarter of its citizens in poverty, Panama has one of the worst income distributions in Latin America.
The view of downtown Panama City from Boca la Caja, a former fishing village.
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Have we reached peak trade?

If trade growth stalls, what does that mean for the American worker?
The Port of Balboa, viewed from the Diablo neighborhood, located in the former Panama Canal Zone.
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What happens when shipping lines build for growth that never comes

The shipping industry is seeing prices collapse as slowing global trade growth drags down demand.
A container ship exits the Panama Canal toward the Pacific Ocean, with the Balboa Yacht Club in the fore.
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Inching global trade growth, through the eyes of a Caterpillar

Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar is facing declines on par with those it faced during the Great Recession.
The Port of Balboa on Panama's Pacific entrance, viewed from Ancon Hill.
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