May 5, 2020

Even before COVID-19, many had economic anxiety

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Lower income people were already very anxious well before COVID-19. The price of crude oil has been on a two-day roll. Airlines focus on frequent flyers. The Treasury Department says it will borrow $3 trillion in three months.

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People across most income groups are more anxious about the economy during COVID-19

May 5, 2020
But those earning under $25,000 are about as anxious now as they were before the pandemic.
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Airlines are tweaking frequent-flyer programs to keep customers loyal after lockdown

May 5, 2020
The last thing airlines want is for customers who fly business class to opt for rival carriers.
Airlines haven't had to pay much attention to loyalty programs in recent years because demand for flying has been high. That's going to change.
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Treasury expects to borrow $3 trillion over next 3 months

That's almost triple what the Treasury borrowed in the 2019 accounting year.
The Treasury needs the money to pay for all of the new stimulus spending to keep the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Candace Manriquez Wrenn Producer/Editor
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director