Jul 26, 2017

07/26/2017: How are small businesses supposed to prepare against cyber attacks?

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While everyone's watching the latest health care news, there's another important issue being discussed in Washington, D.C. — the cost of borrowing. As the Federal Reserve wraps up its policy meeting, we'll talk about what the future of interest rate hikes might hold. Afterwards, we'll take a look at stock market volatility, and then discuss how small businesses are trying to prepare against cyber criminals. 

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Why the sanctions bill against Russia is controversial

Jul 26, 2017
The measure may have support from both parties in the U.S., but Europe isn't too happy about it.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
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One thing holding back a Fed rate hike? Low inflation

Jul 26, 2017
As the Federal Reserve concludes its July meeting, many expect it won’t announce a hike in the interest rate. One big thing that factors into that decision is inflation. One of the Fed’s mandates is to keep prices stable – to prevent rampant inflation. Raising interest rates can help, but the Fed has been in […]

Cyber threats can pose significant risks to small businesses

Jul 26, 2017
The National Cyber Security Alliance, a public-private partnership supported by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Trade Commission, is holding workshops to help small businesses around the country defend against cyber threats. Hackers have launched successful data thefts against companies large and small in recent years, and the FBI reports that ransomware attacks […]

07/26/2017: Why doesn't the stock market seem to care about all the drama in Washington?

Jul 26, 2017
There's a whole lot of turbulence in Washington, yet the markets are going up. There's uncertainty. The economy is doing all right (but not fantastically). And company earnings reports are just OK. So what gives? Julia Coronado, an economist at Macropolicy Perspectives, joins us to chat about the strange nature of the stock market. Afterwards, we'll talk with the Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer about the new sanctions bill against Russia, which has bipartisan support here in the U.S., but isn't getting a warm reception in Europe.

While everyone’s watching the latest health care news, there’s another important issue being discussed in Washington, D.C. — the cost of borrowing. As the Federal Reserve wraps up its policy meeting, we’ll talk about what the future of interest rate hikes might hold. Afterwards, we’ll take a look at stock market volatility, and then discuss how small businesses are trying to prepare against cyber criminals. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC