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What's behind the national debt?

Jun 17, 2020
We look into how the government borrows money and what it means in the long run.
Then-Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in 2016. The national debt has since passed $26 trillion.
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Why annualizing can make GDP forecasts look scarier than they are

Jun 11, 2020
If one quarter differs significantly from another, it's hard to paint a picture of the entire year.
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When and why it’s worth taking a look at equity index futures

Mar 4, 2020
They can indicate where the market is going to open, but they're not a crystal ball.
"I see an apple in a grocery store ..."
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Why sometimes big news does not move the stock market

Jan 7, 2020
Was it a predictable event? Then Wall Street's reaction might already be "priced in."
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Should we be paying closer attention to weekly unemployment claims?

Dec 4, 2019
"It's really a measure, I think, of worker confidence in the economy," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Some states require unemployment insurance claims be filed in person.
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What is a cryptocurrency, anyway?

Nov 25, 2019
Sorting blockchain from bitcoin and everything else.
A photo illustration of the litecoin, ripple and ethereum cryptocurrencies.
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Where do earnings expectations come from?

Oct 29, 2019
Analysts estimate how a company will perform.
A trader works during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange,
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What do changes in the stock market actually mean?

Oct 22, 2019
"It's not as simple as it might seem," said Andrea Eisfeldt of UCLA.
A trader exiting the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in April 2013.
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What's behind the price of gasoline?

Oct 18, 2019
From taxes, to marketing, to refining, a lot into the price of a gallon of gasoline.
A motorist fills his car with gas at a gas station near an oil field pumping rig in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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How bowling shoes help explain the repo market

Oct 9, 2019
It’s a wonky subject, but important. Arcades, power grids and plumbing systems also help make sense of it.
If you want to understand the repo market, think about renting shoes at a bowling alley.
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