Sabri Ben-Achour

Correspondent & Host

SHORT BIO

My job is to do what I can to help all of us understand the economic forces that shape our lives and our world.

What was your first job?

I was a waiter!

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

It can be hard to break down complex topics quickly and fairly.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A chemist or a geneticist, I think.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Playing with giant horseshoe crabs under the moonlight as they swam ashore to spawn. (It was for a story on how their blood is used in the medical industry).

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

My plants. I water them when I'm stressed. They get a lot of water.

Latest Stories (211)

How low interest rates may shape the start of a Biden presidency

Nov 24, 2020
The only thing really left is for Congress and a president to pass more stimulus.
President-elect Joe Biden announces key cabinet nominees at a press conference on Nov. 24 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Is a deeper dollar slump ahead as vaccine nears?

Nov 23, 2020
Safer currencies beckon global investors as COVID rates keep climbing in the U.S.
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What's next for Main Street, Wall Street as Fed lending programs are set to expire

Nov 20, 2020
Fed programs and policy have helped ease economic pain during the pandemic. In its dwindling days, the Trump administration will end some of those emergency programs Dec. 31.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin greet each other after testifying before Congress in June.
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FAA says Boeing 737 Max is safe to fly. Will passengers agree?

Nov 18, 2020
The order says that Boeing’s design changes have made the jets airworthy, 20 months after the 737 Max model was grounded.
A worker walks by a Boeing 737 Max airplane as it sits parked at the company's production facility on Nov. 13 in Renton, Washington.
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China's giant new trade agreement excludes U.S.

Nov 17, 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership brings 15 countries together. Should the U.S. be a part of it?
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, right, speaks at the virtual 4th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit on Nov. 15, 2020.
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China, Asia-Pacific countries sign deal to form world's biggest trading bloc

The China-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership forms the world’s largest trading bloc.
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh attend the signing ceremony for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade pact at the ASEAN summit held online in Hanoi on Nov. 15, 2020.
Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images

Second coronavirus vaccine, from Moderna, shows promise

Pharmaceutical company Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data.
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How to invest in a better world

A US SIF report sheds light on the criteria investors use to profit society and the environment as well as their portfolios.
Climate change and carbon was the number one issue for money managers in a report on environmental, social and governance investing from the US SIF Foundation.
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Losses. Loom. Large. And that, in short, explains your loss aversion.

Nov 10, 2020
It’s a bedrock principle of behavioral psychology today. The studies have been replicated on an international scale.
We are happy to take risks when it comes to gaining things. But not when it comes to losing them.
Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images

And the winner is ... Yep, economists have models for every outcome

Nov 4, 2020
When variables include who will be president and who controls Congress, GDP and unemployment forecasts look very different.
A Democratic sweep would likely mean more and larger coronavirus relief packages, driving economic growth.
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