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What makes the dollar strong?

Aug 23, 2019

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Tracey Samuelson

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Report. Host. Edit. Write. Listen.

What was your first job?

Working in a bread store at the peak of the anti-carb movement.

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

Cramming all the interesting information I find reporting into a few minutes.

In your next life, what would your career be?

ER doctor.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Lots of stuff from Amazon.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

That time I went to Hawaii ... on assignment.

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How the closings of two auto plants changed Hamtramck and Detroit's Poletown

by Tommy Andres and Tracey Samuelson Aug 14, 2019
When the Dodge Main plant closed in 1979, local leaders offered GM tax breaks and more land to move in. Now the GM plant is closing, too.
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Bond market signals economic slowdown, or worse

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There is no perfect economic crystal ball, but the bond market often gives a indication of where the economy is heading.
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Apple plugs into the credit card business

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 7, 2019
How might this change the competitive landscape?
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Stay or move? Laid-off GM workers face a tough choice

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 6, 2019
GM says it has jobs for nearly every one of the 2,800 laid-off workers, but they must decide whether they're willing to relocate.
Lincoln Fegley and his brother Joshua Fegley move furniture into Lincoln's new home in Troy, Mo. (Courtesy of the Fegley family)

To retrain or not? Two laid-off manufacturing workers, two different paths

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 6, 2019
On one hand, a government program that pays workers to learn new skills. On the other, jobs.
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New movies drive toy sales, but threat of tariffs looms

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 25, 2019
The industry is living under threat of tariffs on toys manufactured in China.
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Racial disparities in home appreciation values may perpetuate a homeownership gap

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 17, 2019
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Why lots of influencers and websites want to help you shop Amazon’s Prime Day

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 15, 2019
News outlets, bloggers and influencers can earn commissions of 3% to 7%.
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Raising the federal minimum wage would ease poverty for some workers, but cost others their job

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 9, 2019
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