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Economists are predicting slower economic growth. That may be a good thing.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 18, 2022 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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Segments From this episode

Would a slower rate of economic growth stop rising inflation?

by Kai Ryssdal and Richard Cunningham May 23, 2022
Economists downgrading their economic forecasts may help "vanquish this inflation monster," argues Axios correspondent Neil Irwin.

While trade policy could tame inflation, it's no silver bullet

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 23, 2022
Tariffs won't go away altogether. Some reduction could impact prices, but not immediately.

U.S. oil refiners' margins smash records, but few plan to build more plants

by Andy Uhler May 23, 2022
"Crack spreads" are higher than ever. But investors aren't interested in dumping money into fossil fuel expansion.
COVID-19

Cities in China not under lockdown still feel the pain

by Jennifer Pak May 23, 2022
Dozens of cities are under lockdown or COVID-19 restrictions, and that is affecting businesses across China.

European Central Bank likely to end its negative interest rate experiment

by Lily Jamali May 23, 2022
Until the ECB became the first major central bank to try it, making interest rates negative seemed like defying economic gravity.

TikTok classes might be the next big thing in education

by Kai Ryssdal and Anais Amin May 23, 2022
"One of the students in the class was making, you know, up to $6,000 to $7,000 a month from her TikTok videos," says Bloomberg report Claire Ballentine.

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