Sabri Ben-Achour

Correspondent & Host

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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 from Sabri (110)

COVID-19

How bad will this recession be, and how long will it last?

Mar 30, 2020
Just because the COVID-19 recession came on incredibly quickly does not mean it will be a quick recovery.
The COVID-19 recession will likely have a slow recovery. Above, an empty 42nd Street in Manhattan on March 25.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
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COVID-19 stirs questions about medical supply chains

Mar 26, 2020
Dependence on global supply chains can be useful in a crisis only if countries don't set up export barriers like some are now with medical supplies.
A doctor wearing personal protective gear checks a ventilator on March 16.
Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Despite reports, trade adviser denies plans to suspend tariffs

Mar 25, 2020
And if Beijing reciprocates, U.S. farmers might get a boost from rising exports to China.
STR/AFP via Getty Images

Air freight prices surging in a "perfect storm"

Mar 24, 2020
Loading up passenger planes with cargo is not an easy thing to do, physically or economically. But it's happening.
Air freight is directional. A lot more comes to the U.S. from China than the other way around.
Amdrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
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Should the Fed decide who gets bailout cash?

Mar 20, 2020
That authority was curbed during the 2008 financial crisis. Some are arguing that power should be returned.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Stimulus without debt?

Mar 18, 2020
If policymakers are too preoccupied with debt to provide the country the stimulus it needs, some economists say: Do it without debt.
Can the government just print more money to stimulate the economy?
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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What's changed at the U.S.-Mexico border because of COVID-19?

Mar 12, 2020
People are continuing to go to work and take public transportation at the border.
A man sits on a fountain just across the street from the border crossing in Brownsville, Texas, on June 29, 2019.
Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images
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What if the economy needs more than the Fed can give it?

Mar 3, 2020
The U.S. government may need to spend its way out of a coronavirus-induced slowdown.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced an interest rate cut of half a percentage point Tuesday.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
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COVID-19: What travel insurance will and won't cover

Mar 3, 2020
Viral outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics are not typically listed in a travel insurance policy.
Passengers from a flight from South Korea wear protective face masks upon landing at Mexico City's international airport, on Feb. 28, 2020 as COVID-19 spreads worldwide.
Alfredo Estrella/AFP via Getty Images
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Bond yields hit a record low

Feb 28, 2020
Why are investors settling for such small returns? U.S. Treasurys are about the safest place to put your money.
A trader reacts during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday as markets continue to drop from COVID-19 uncertainty.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

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