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Apr 30, 2019

The economics of kidnapping

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Ransom — and the insurance that covers it — is a big business. But first: how are tariffs affecting American businesses? Plus: With home prices dragging, are we headed for a buyer's market?

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Don't look at corporate earnings for clues on how the economy is doing

by , and Apr 30, 2019
What's good (or bad) for corporations may not be good for the economy overall.
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The economics of kidnapping

by Kai Ryssdal, Maria Hollenhorst, and Daisy Palacios Apr 30, 2019
How the criminal underworld operates the ransom business.
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Honolulu looks to Singapore to solve its housing shortage

by Ryan Finnerty Apr 30, 2019
Honolulu’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the country.
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Homebuyers in expensive markets may finally get a break

by Amy Scott Apr 30, 2019
New data shows price growth has been slowing for nearly in a year in some markets.
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Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
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Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer