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Low interest rates have cost savers roughly half a trillion dollars

by , and Apr 10, 2019
The post-crisis financial policy has a downside.
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Who wins and who misses out when there's market volatility

by Janet Nguyen Mar 7, 2019
Some can actually benefit from the chaos.
A trader working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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How to be an emergency room doctor

by Eliza Mills Jan 1, 2019
Amid the chaos, you need to form an instant connection with patients.
Zahir Basrai is an emergency room physician in Los Angeles. 
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How falling bond yields are both good and bad for the economy

by Tracey Samuelson Dec 20, 2018
Thursday saw another big stock market sell-off.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 464 points, or 1.9 percent. The Dow is off 10 percent for December, and the Nasdaq is down more than 19 percent since Aug. 29. The bond market…

CAT bonds could be key to paying for wildfire losses

by Janet Babin Dec 10, 2018
Some urge FEMA to issue a catastrophe bond to help pay for wildfire recovery.
Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California, on Nov. 09.
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California bail industry grapples with fallout from a new law

by Benjamin Gottlieb Sep 27, 2018
Starting next year, a judge, not ability to pay bail, will decide who remains jailed in the state before trial.
Bail companies posted nearly $1.75 billion in surety bonds with the Superior Court of Los Angeles County from May 2016 to May 2017, a recent report found. Above, an employee at Gotham Bail Bonds near downtown Los Angeles walks to her desk.
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Is the yield curve talking to us?

by Jed Kim Jun 28, 2018
A lot of attention is being paid right now to what’s known as the yield curve. And if you don’t know what that is, it’s essentially the difference between interest rates on short-term and long-term government bonds. In a growing…

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2019 might be a dangerous period for the economy, according to the biggest hedge fund in the world

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen Jun 18, 2018
U.S. stocks and bonds might be overvalued.
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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ECB to end stimulus. Is Europe's economy out of the woods?

by , and Jun 14, 2018
The European Central Bank announced today it is doing something the Federal Reserve has been doing for several years now: It’s taking its foot off the gas pedal of the economy — in this case, the eurozone economy. Specifically, it’s…

The Fed talks interest rates with an eye toward the yield curve

by Amy Scott Jun 12, 2018
The Federal Open Market Committee begins its two-day meeting today to talk interest rates. The Fed is expected to raise its target rate by a quarter of a point for the second time this year. And with unemployment reaching a…