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Playing an economic guessing game
Apr 15, 2024

Playing an economic guessing game

Is the economy still the most important predictor of election outcomes? Plus, the latest in retail sales and investment banking.

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Tesla cuts more than 10% of global workforce as challenges mount

Apr 15, 2024
The electric vehicle maker faces softening demand and intense competition on prices, and earlier price cuts have not sufficiently jolted sales.
Tesla’s deliveries dropped by 8.5% in the first quarter, making it the first decline in four years.
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Corporate dealmaking has picked up. That's good news for bankers — and the economy.

Apr 15, 2024
After a couple of years of uncertainty, there's pent-up demand for mergers, stock and bond sales and other complex transactions.
Goldman Sachs reported that investment-banking revenue increased 32% last quarter from the same time in 2023.
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It's getting harder to predict the economy's effect on presidential elections

Apr 15, 2024
It's not the economy, stupid? With political polarization increasingly motivating voters, the economy may not be the predictor it once was.
Traditionally, there are two ways to predict the outcome of an election: polling and statistical modeling. The latter tends to emphasize economic factors.
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Why getting workers their schedules in advance is good for business

Apr 15, 2024
Restaurants and other service sector businesses often give workers their schedules with little notice, but that's changing in some places.
Roughly two-thirds of hourly workers at large retail and food service employers get less than two weeks' notice for scheduling, according to researcher Kristen Harknett.
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While the secondhand market booms, thrifting is coming apart at the seams

Apr 15, 2024
If you've recently dug through the racks of a Goodwill and found a lot of lower-quality fast fashion, you're not alone, says Kelsey Vlamis of Business Insider.
"Needs-based shoppers are increasingly getting priced out, and it's getting harder to find those, like, special pieces at an affordable price," says Business Insider reporter Kelsey Vlamis.
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Music from the episode

"Last Fare" Little People
"Saint Ivy" Beach Fossils
"Low Season" Poolside
"Mystik" Tash Sultana
"Afternoon Soul" Gramatik

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Sofia Terenzio Assistant Producer
Jordan Mangi Assistant Digital Producer