To tackle inflation, it helps to know what’s causing it
Apr 4, 2022

To tackle inflation, it helps to know what’s causing it

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Plus: The U.S. maintains its global financial clout — for now — and stock buybacks make a comeback.

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Why it's so hard to agree on the causes of inflation

Apr 4, 2022
As inflation hits 40-year highs on several key metrics, not all economists agree on the causes.
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How "detention" is punishing truck drivers and supply chains

Apr 4, 2022
The key to unfurling domestic supply chains may not be more truck drivers on the road, but getting them in and out of warehouses faster.
Addressing trucker wait times at warehouses and ports could alleviate some supply chain kinks and improve driver satisfaction. Above, trucks lined up at the Port of Los Angeles in November 2021.
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Could the U.S. have weakened its financial clout by using it to sanction Russia?

Apr 4, 2022
Probably not, but Russia and China are likely to keep looking for ways to avoid U.S.-controlled financial infrastructure.
The U.S. has a lot of leverage in the global financial system — at least for now.
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Why companies repurchase their own shares

Apr 4, 2022
Stock buybacks are typically meant to return value to shareholders. But critics say the cash could be used to create jobs or raise workers' pay.
Shareholders are the prime beneficiaries of stock buybacks, but is that the best use of excess corporate cash?
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The ski wax industry is working to leave PFAS behind

Apr 4, 2022
Laws and regulations are changing to kick this harmful “forever chemical” off the ski hill.
Eric Straubhar buffs the wax on a child's ski in his Idaho shop. Bans on PFAS waxes haven't provoked pushback, he said. If they apply to everyone, "the playing field is level."
Madelyn Beck/Mountain West News Bureau

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The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Andie Corban Associate Producer
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer