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Hey, wait. My hamburger just got more expensive.

Feb 9, 2018
The plunge in the stock market this week has been widely ascribed to fears that inflation is coming. But for large parts of the American economy — namely, business — inflation is already here. From car companies to restaurant groups, American companies are paying higher prices for raw materials and ingredients. The Labor Department’s Producer Price Index […]

The Dow dive computers might have caused

Feb 6, 2018
Algorithms don’t generally create steep declines, but they do amplify trends, one expert says.
Closing numbers are displayed at the New York Stock Exchange in 2018.
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Let's not panic about the Dow just yet

Feb 5, 2018
Economic growth is strong, unemployment is low — there were no major global disasters that could trigger the Dow plunging more than 1,100 points today. So what happened?
Personnel sweep the floor after the closing bell of the Dow industrial average at the New York Stock Exchange today.
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Yellen leads her last Fed meeting

Jan 30, 2018
Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen ends a cautious four-year run. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

States join the fray over net neutrality repeal pushback

Jan 26, 2018
This week, Montana and New York made moves to counter the federal repeal of net neutrality that the Federal Communications Commission enacted last month. And so far 21 states and the District of Columbia have sued to overturn the FCC decision. What will these legal battles look like? Click the audio player above to hear […]

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pulls back the curtain on the farm bill

Jan 24, 2018
The secretary of agriculture will be in Pennsylvania today to lay out the USDA’s legislative priorities. The farm bill accounts for nearly a half trillion dollars in spending over a five-year period — with most of it going to food assistance. Based on projections, around 80 percent of farm bill spending goes to nutritional programs, with the […]

Is "Black Panther" a billion-dollar movie?

Jan 11, 2018
The new Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther” is breaking records — and it’s not even out yet. Fandango says the first 24 hours of advanced ticket sales beat the sales for “Captain America: Civil War,” thus setting a new bar for Marvel. Disney, which owns Marvel, has been promoting the movie heavily. But there’s also […]

With the tax bill signed, a fight with hard-hit states begins

Jan 10, 2018
California and New Jersey are exploring the use of charitable contributions to offset taxes.
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New York's wealthy balk at the new tax law

Jan 9, 2018
They pay half of the city's income tax revenue. Now that they can't deduct it, some may leave.
At age 71, Diane Gilman finally got her dream penthouse on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
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The U.S. dollar loses ground

Jan 2, 2018
The value of the dollar dropped some 10 percent in 2017. That’s the greenback’s worst performance in more than a decade. And analysts say the dollar could lose even more ground this year.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.