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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 (243)

Industrial Policy: If China does it, why can't we?

Mar 1, 2021
China is generous to its favored companies, and that has, at times, threatened industries elsewhere in the world.
Targeted subsidies for specific industries have long been part of China's strategic development. Solar energy is just one of the areas where this strategy has been used.
AFP via Getty Images

How the U.S. could regain its competitive edge

Feb 24, 2021
President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday designed to make U.S. supply chains more resilient and secure.
The shortage of medical masks in 2020 was one sign that the U.S. needs to improve the security and resilience of its supply chains.
Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

What the bond market can tell us about the pace of economic recovery

Feb 23, 2021
Rising bond yields are an optimistic sign, even though the Fed says a real recovery isn't right around the corner.
When bond yields go up quickly, it can spook the stock market. But stocks aren't the whole story.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Short selling: Vilified yet necessary?

Feb 18, 2021
Napoleon called short sellers "enemies of the state." Others believe they serve a useful purpose.
Short sellers have had a bad reputation for centuries. Is it deserved?
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

For U.S. service firms, access to China still mixed

Feb 12, 2021
China sells goods into the U.S. market easily, but American service providers face a range of barriers in China, which vary across industries.
The United Family hospital in Beijing is a U.S.-China joint venture. Foreign investors can't fully own hospitals in the country.
Courtesy of United Family Healthcare

What happens if some relief funds are not spent?

Feb 5, 2021
Leftover PPP money is in an account. But other expenses, like unemployment, are paid only as needed.
The prospect of unspent PPP loans came up in Senate negotiations over COVID-19 relief spending.
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Oil profits drop as companies feel pandemic, carbon pressure

Feb 4, 2021
More than 500 oil- and gas-related firms have declared bankruptcy. The survivors are focusing on efficiency, and some plan a transition.
Oil and gas companies are grappling with uncertainty as they look to the future.
Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images

Manufacturing: The China Inc. model

Feb 2, 2021
Why is it sometimes cheaper for U.S. consumers to buy goods from China than from local vendors?
A worker in a southern China shoe factory. Many Chinese manufacturers say they are making goods Americans no longer want to produce.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

More electric vehicles promised, but are fleet owners ready?

Jan 29, 2021
There isn’t a lot of experience or trust on which to base calculations about durability and cost savings for electric vehicles.
Consumers may need more concrete data on the benefits of electric vehicles before they commit.
Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

Winners and losers in the GameStop stock tug of war

Jan 28, 2021
Some small day traders don't mind losing a little if it means hedge funds lose a lot.
Small traders versus hedge funds: Who will emerge victorious?
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images