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Goldman Sachs pushes for more diverse boards of directors

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 23, 2020
"I think that this Goldman decision is symbolic of the strength of the business case and the belief people have in it," one expert said.
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Reflecting on the longest government shutdown, one year on

by Bennett Purser Jan 23, 2020
How the longest shutdown in U.S. history changed the way one federal contractor thinks about work.
Courtesy Sunny Blaylock

FICO changes could lower 40 million credit scores

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Jan 23, 2020
The change in how FICO is measured could make it more expensive for millions of Americans to borrow.
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Central banks are searching for new tools

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Jan 23, 2020
The ECB and the Federal Reserve are attempting to figure out if their approach to monetary policy still works.
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said she’s also looking for answers from the public on how to change the bank's monetary policy strategy.
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Chicago developers are making use of opportunity zone investment

by Natalie Moore Jan 23, 2020
But economic impact is hard to track without oversight at state or federal level. Critics say that's not good enough.
The Chicago Housing Authority is using opportunity zone money from PNC Bank for a commercial building in North Lawndale on the city's West Side.
Development design courtesy of Chicago Housing Authority
The Big Book

What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

by Bridget Bodnar and Kai Ryssdal Jan 23, 2020
The story of how a small band of inventors and engineers built a machine that could lay bricks. It's way harder than it sounds.
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Will these FICO changes affect your credit score?

by Miguel Contreras Jan 23, 2020
The gap between "high scores and low scores is likely to get bigger," says AnnaMaria Andriotis of the Wall Street Journal.
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Toilet advocate brings levity to complex matter of global sanitation needs

by Nina Roberts Jan 23, 2020
“The toilet is the cheapest medicine in the world,” says Jack Sim.
Jack Sims, founder of the World Toilet Organization.
Nina Roberts

The Canadian town of Asbestos is in the middle of a rebrand

by Emma Jacobs Jan 23, 2020
The Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos was the world's largest asbestos mine when it closed in 2012.
The city hall in Asbestos, Quebec. After more than a decade of debate, the former mining town has decided to change its name.
Emma Jacobs

Can a computer model reveal who is about to become homeless? LA County is finding out.

by David Wagner Jan 23, 2020
The goal is to reach out and help people before they lose their housing.
Tents line a sidewalk in the city of Los Angeles, where homelessness rose 16% last year.
Courtesy California Policy Lab