Jun 28, 2018

If these bond market interest rates could talk

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Turns out, they kind of can. You just have to watch the yield curve. And if you don't know how to do that, listen up, because on today's show we break it down and talk about why economists are worried…

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"Why can't I make ends meet? Why can't I make this math work?"

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In her new book, Alissa Quart examines the lives of middle-class families struggling to get by.
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A longtime British steelworker describes how the industry has changed

Jun 28, 2018
"At the moment none of us know what the future holds."
In Port Talbot, Wales, the sale of the Tata Steel plant put thousands of jobs at risk and hit the already floundering U.K. steel industry hard in 2016.
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Amazon acquires PillPack as it muscles its way into the health care industry

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Hear that thud? That’s the sound of Amazon getting into the retail pharmacy business. Today the online retail giant snatched up PillPack, an online pharmacy that presorts prescription drugs and delivers them to your door. Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS…

Here’s why foreign companies are investing less in the U.S.

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In Wisconsin today, President Donald Trump did a thing politicians like to do sometimes. Shovel in hand, he touted a big investment in the U.S. and the jobs it’s supposed to create. The shovel was gold-toned, and the investment: a…

Is the yield curve talking to us?

Jun 28, 2018
A lot of attention is being paid right now to what’s known as the yield curve. And if you don’t know what that is, it’s essentially the difference between interest rates on short-term and long-term government bonds. In a growing…

One legacy of the housing crisis: risky rent-to-own deals

Jul 2, 2018
The contracts often saddle would-be homeowners with expensive taxes and repairs.
The house Maureen Seymour has been trying to buy could be condemned by the city and demolished, along with her $25,000 investment.
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Turns out, they kind of can. You just have to watch the yield curve. And if you don’t know how to do that, listen up, because on today’s show we break it down and talk about why economists are worried about a possible recession with employment this high and an economy so healthy. Another tip: You can predict the future by listening to changes in foreign direct investment. Plus, renting to own was the strategy for many investors after sweeping up thousands of foreclosed homes during the financial crisis. It was an easy solution for sellers, but what was the real cost for the tenants? And the latest installment of My Economy comes to us from across the pond. Then, a special announcement: Hosts Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood have been having secret conversations with a voice-control system you may have heard of named Alexa.

Music from the episode

Aretha Pete Rock
Dark Sunrise Rikki Ililonga, Musi-O-Tunya
Chaghaybou Tinariwen
Run Away With Me Carly Rae Jepsen