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What rising corporate bankruptcies tell us about the economy
Sep 8, 2023

What rising corporate bankruptcies tell us about the economy

Corporate bankruptcies have been on the rise for more than a year, and that can have big ripple effects. Then, we check in on trade barriers.

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The Weekly Wrap

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks with Jeanna Smialek of the New York Times and Amara Omeokwe of the Wall Street Journal about the Federal Reserve’s interest rate options, consumer expectations and potential cracks in the labor market.

What do rising corporate bankruptcies say about the economy?

Sep 8, 2023
Some bankruptcies reflect fallout from the financial crisis more than a decade ago.
Corporate bankruptcies have been on the rise for more than a year. Retail chain Christmas Tree Shops, above, filed for bankruptcy in May.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

U.S., Europe work to hammer out new agreement on tariffs

Sep 8, 2023
Remember those steel and aluminum tariffs that were supposed to target China but also pulled in Europe and Canada? Most of them still exist.
The Trump-era tariffs were imposed with the legal justification of protecting America’s national security. But they were also about protecting America’s steel and aluminum producers from cheaper Chinese imports.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Businesses are telling the Federal Reserve they think wage gains are subsiding

Sep 8, 2023
That could be a sign that the Fed's interest rate hikes are working and the economy is cooling.
Though wage growth has been falling, inflation has been falling even faster.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Labor market weakens for young, less educated workers

Sep 8, 2023
What that might mean for them and for the economy at large.
Young adults without diplomas are "canaries in the coal mine," said Bill Rodgers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. "When the economy slows down, they tend to be the first ones to lose their jobs.”
John Moore/Getty Images

Music from the episode

1 Thing Amerie
Nightlite Bonobo, Bajka
Hold Up Beyoncé
Passionfruit Drake
Passin' Me By The Pharcyde

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer