May 4, 2017

05/04/2017: The surprise bills that sometimes come with a free medical visit

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France's presidential election is Sunday, featuring a runoff between right-wing Marine Le Pen and center-left Emmanuel Macron. The two are coming off a heated three-hour debate, which we'll recap on today's show. Next, we'll look at new tool from Zillow that lets users add up all the expenses associated with owning a particular house or apartment, and then explore research that indicates Medicare's free wellness visits aren't quite as free as expected.

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Medicare's free wellness visits sound great, but in practice, there are challenges

May 4, 2017
They're meant to help doctors identify potential problems early on. But what's the outcome?
In wellness visits, physicians gather medical and family history, update lists of the patient's prescriptions and conduct lots of screenings.
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The asset management industry has a diversity problem

May 4, 2017
A new study shows a women and minorities are largely excluded, managing just 1.1 percent of total assets.
The SEC in August expanded the definition of who can be an accredited investor, which will now allow more people to invest in private equity.
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This new real estate site is aimed at first-time buyers

May 4, 2017
The real estate site Zillow has launched a new tool aimed at first-time home buyers on realestate.com. It features a calculator that adds up the expenses of owning a home, like property taxes and utilities — the kind of things that new buyers don’t always expect or budget for. It’s designed to help ease the […]

05/04/2017: Why having an incompetent waiter can be a sign of a strong economy

May 4, 2017
A couple of factors that may negatively affect the April jobs report: retail-store shuttering and a slowdown in health care hiring. But Diane Swonk from DS Economics argues the economy may actually be chugging along fine, in part due to this simple metric: how our service is behind the counter. Next, we'll look at the details behind a White House executive order on religion that President Trump is expected to sign today. According to the order, tax-exempt religious groups may have more freedom to participate in politics. And finally, we'll talk about the internship market for college students and then examine the asset management industry's problem with diversity.

Paid interns are averaging $3,000 a month

May 4, 2017
It’s high time for students to start thinking about that summer internship — and many should get lucky landing one since internships are up for the first time in years, according to the head of the research division for the National Association of Colleges and Employers. It’s hard to know how many interns work for […]

France’s presidential election is Sunday, featuring a runoff between right-wing Marine Le Pen and center-left Emmanuel Macron. The two are coming off a heated three-hour debate, which we’ll recap on today’s show. Next, we’ll look at new tool from Zillow that lets users add up all the expenses associated with owning a particular house or apartment, and then explore research that indicates Medicare’s free wellness visits aren’t quite as free as expected.

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