Jul 6, 2017

07/06/2017: A showdown between the U.S. and Germany

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President Trump will soon attend his first G20 Summit, a gathering between representatives from the world's 20 largest economies. There's a lot to unpack: it will not only be the first meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as global leaders, but many are expecting tension between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel because of their stances on climate change and free trade. After we talk about what's in store for the summit, we'll look at two economic indicators that have been performing well lately: consumer confidence and home prices. Then, we'll discuss how the Disney Channel can survive the new era of cord-cutting.

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Disney channel viewing figures are down as kids go elsewhere for entertainment

Jul 6, 2017
The number of children watching the Disney channel has dropped over the past three years. The reason? More and more of them are watching kids’ TV shows available online and bypassing cable altogether. How will the channel survive this era of cord cutting? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You […]

This week’s G20 summit is ‘the one we’ve all been waiting for’

Jul 6, 2017
While the world watches Trump and Putin's body language, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly preparing to clash with the American president.
Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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As homeowners feel wealthier with rising home prices, will they spend more money?

Jul 6, 2017
Rising home prices have led to higher consumer confidence, but will that translate into more consumer spending in the near future?

07/06/2017: Banks get living wills, too

Jul 6, 2017
As the Bureau of Labor Statistics gets prepared to release the June jobs report tomorrow morning, we'll talk about how the private sector is doing. The payroll processor ADP says that employers added 158,000 jobs for the month — a figure lower than expectations. Afterwards, we'll discuss what goes into a U.S. bank's "living will," a plan that lays out how it would unwind in the event of another financial crisis, and then look at some of the challenges that the commercial auto insurance industry is facing.

Traffic climbed after the recession. So did accidents and truckers' premiums.

Jul 6, 2017
Truck companies have turned to technology to ensure employees drive safely.
Attorney Hilary Rowen says the biggest driver of rising insurance rates is the sheer number of hours truckers and everyone else are spending on the road.
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President Trump will soon attend his first G20 Summit, a gathering between representatives from the world’s 20 largest economies. There’s a lot to unpack: it will not only be the first meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as global leaders, but many are expecting tension between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel because of their stances on climate change and free trade. After we talk about what’s in store for the summit, we’ll look at two economic indicators that have been performing well lately: consumer confidence and home prices. Then, we’ll discuss how the Disney Channel can survive the new era of cord-cutting.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC