Inequality is on the Fed’s agenda at Jackson Hole
Aug 24, 2021

Inequality is on the Fed’s agenda at Jackson Hole

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Plus: An eco-friendly energy program in Texas, Walmart's bet on "last-mile" deliveries and one woman's attempt to break into the voice-over industry.

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Debate over Fed's role in shaping unequal economy expected at Jackson Hole

Aug 24, 2021
Wrapped up in this year's theme — "Macroeconomic Policy in an Uneven Economy" — is years of debate and controversy over who the economy serves.
People walk outside of the New York Stock Exchange in August 2016. At the Fed's Jackson Hole summit, economists expect discussions about the Fed's role in minimizing inequality.
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How the "economic fundamentals" of opium undermined U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

Aug 24, 2021
The U.S. spent billions trying to suppress Afghanistan’s illicit opium and heroin trade. It didn’t work.
A U.S. Marine sergeant patrols in an Afghan poppy field in 2011. With many farmers dependent on the opium trade, Jeffrey Clemens says, "the effort to win hearts and minds" was set back by the U.S. eradication program.
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Walmart will make local "white label" deliveries for other retailers

Aug 24, 2021
The retail giant already has a well developed "last-mile" delivery network in parts of the country.
Walmart announced Tuesday that it will be expanding its delivery service to handle shipments from other businesses in a "white label" shipping service called GoLocal.
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The world's largest container-shipping company wants to go green

Aug 24, 2021
Danish company Maersk said it has ordered eight vessels that run on green methanol, a carbon-neutral fuel.
In a step toward creating a carbon-neutral shipping fleet, Maersk will purchase eight vessels that run on green methanol.
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Renewable energy startup aims to help Texans lower electric bills

Aug 24, 2021
Households with less disposable income often pay higher rates. Energy Well Texas is addressing that as well as emergency preparedness.
Antonio Martinez shows how the solar-powered backup battery works. Energy Well Texas wants to help residents save money on electric power and stay safe during emergencies.
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After losing her job, this woman turned to at-home voiceover work

Aug 24, 2021
Carol Wrobleski got a coach and turned her closet into a studio. Then a different full-time opportunity came along.
An interior of Carol Wrobleski's home studio. "I had a lot of people come in, drill nails in my walls and set up all kinds of foam," Wroblesk said. "The hard part is getting a studio space that has the sound quality that you need."
Photo courtesy of Carol Wrobleski

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