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Why don’t we know when the U.S. will run out of money?

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Raising the Debt Ceiling

When will the U.S. run out of money? It’s tough to say.

by Justin Ho May 25, 2023
Predicting the exact timing of a government default is difficult, given the amount of the variability in government spending and revenue.
Raising the Debt Ceiling

Where does the US credit rating come from?

by Kai Ryssdal and Andie Corban May 25, 2023
Atsi Sheth from Moody's gives us a behind the scenes look into the company's ratings process.
My Economy

Writers strike means this costume coordinator's job has to wrap, for now

by Sean McHenry May 25, 2023
"It is eerily similar to a regular production wrap," says Kenya Morgan. "Only, as I coined it last week, this is the rehearsal wrap."

What does the decline in corporate profits say about the economy?

by Samantha Fields May 25, 2023
Profits fell for the second quarter in a row, partly due to Fed rate hikes. Whether it’s a good thing depends on your role in the economy.

The price of copper is an economic indicator, and right now, it's falling

by Lily Jamali May 25, 2023
The problem? Too little demand, too much supply. Rising interest rates are also contributing to weaker demand around the world.

After high school years interrupted by COVID, students calculate the cost of college differently

by Stephanie Hughes May 25, 2023
This spring, there were 14.2 million undergraduates in the U.S., about 9% fewer than in spring 2019.

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