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The home renovation show boom and bust

The home renovation show boom and bust

Sep 20, 2018

The trade war with China is raging on, but the markets seem unbothered. As the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new highs this week, we look at why the markets don’t seem to be impacted by the trade war.…

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Trade showdown

Businesses in China are optimistic despite rising tariffs

by Jennifer Pak Sep 20, 2018
With more taxes about to hit Chinese exports, companies at a Shanghai industrial fair assess their plans.
At the China International Industry Fair, intelligent robot makers are upbeat about business prospects despite the U.S.-China tariff escalation.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

The rise in "interactive insurance" could make you healthier — and more scrutinized

by Jed Kim Sep 20, 2018
John Hancock is the latest insurer to offer policies with discounted premiums if policyholders agree to be monitored.
Participants who wear monitoring devices like the ones above can get cheaper premiums or rewards from John Hancock.
Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Fitbit

Brexiters say smooth post-Brexit trade with the EU is possible

by Stephen Beard Sep 20, 2018
Brexiters say the port of Felixstowe shows the country can manage post Brexit.
Gantry cranes unload containers on the dockside in Felixstowe.
Courtesy of Mimisse Beard

Lumber trade dispute and tariffs boost U.S. wood products

by Esther Honig Sep 20, 2018
Prices for U.S. softwood lumber have jumped since tariffs against Canadian lumber took effect last year.
A machine piles pine logs for processing at the Montrose Forest Products sawmill. In 2012, this Colorado log yard was nearly empty. 
Esther Honig/Harvest Public Media

Here’s why the market is looking past the trade war

by Justin Ho Sep 20, 2018
As the trade conflict between the United States and China goes on, it can sometimes feel like there’s no end in sight. Just this week, the Trump administration announced plans to slap $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods on…

Airlines just raised checked bag fees again, but, um, is it really to pay for fuel?

by Renata Sago Sep 20, 2018
The fees keep going up, and so does revenue.
JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

More From This Episode

The trade war with China is raging on, but the markets seem unbothered. As the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new highs this week, we look at why the markets don’t seem to be impacted by the trade war. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom is facing its own trade woes with Brexit only six months away. How will Britain’s shipping industry change? We go to Britain’s largest port to find out. Also on today’s show: Before “Fixer Upper,” there was “Flip This House,” “Flip That House” and “Flipping Off,” but the flipping stopped when the recession hit. We speak to Steven Kurutz, New York Times features reporter, about how home renovation shows have reflected the housing crisis. 

Music from the episode

Sunrise The Kooks
Embrace Goldroom, Ariela Jacobs
Wide Eyes Local Natives
Explore, Be Curious Cloudkicker
Cheap Sunglasses RAC, Matthew Koma
Younger - Kygo Remix Seinabo Sey, Kygo