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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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Investors have been piling into gold this year

by Justin Ho Aug 21, 2019
Gold prices are up sharply since the start of the year. Part of that is the market turmoil, pushing investors toward safe havens. But it’s also gotten a lot easier — and cheaper — to invest in gold.
Gold bullion bars and coins.
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Farmers struggle with low commodity prices

by Peggy Lowe Jul 25, 2017
Farmers, in particular those producing grain, are struggling, thanks mostly to low commodity prices amid a global grain glut.
Tom Giessel is a Kansas wheat farmer who harvested 1,800 acres of wheat in late June. He stands here in his field near Larned, Kansas. 
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Do you consider pizza a commodity?

by Marketplace Staff Dec 8, 2016
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said pizza, unlike coffee, is a commodity. You guys weighed in.
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Why your Thanksgiving meal will be a bargain

by Marielle Segarra Nov 24, 2016
Food prices have been down all year. Yes, even turkey prices.
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Eggs are so cheap, the U.S. is stepping in to buy some

by Annie Baxter Sep 2, 2016
A 1935 program authorizes the U.S.D.A's purchase of excess commodities, like eggs.
A notice that the price of eggs will be rising soon is seen at a Giant grocery store in Clifton, Virginia. In 2015, widespread outbreaks of Avian Flu costed poultry producers almost 40 million birds, causing the price of eggs to rise sharply.

 

 

 
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Brexit

Gold: The not-so-safe safe haven

by , and Jul 6, 2016
It's volatile, doesn't offer a yield or dividend and is highly taxed.
Investors have rushed to buy gold in the wake of Brexit.
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The economics of wasting food

by Annie Baxter Apr 20, 2016
What would be the economic effect if Americans wasted less food?
A family of four spends about $1,500 a year on food they don't eat.
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Economy ended 2015 stronger, recession danger recedes

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 25, 2016
GDP is revised upward for Q4 2015, and looks to gain momentum in 2016 from jobs, housing, and consumer spending.
GDP is seeing an uptick in the U.S.
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Why fast food is cheap. Really cheap.

by Lizzie O'Leary Mar 4, 2016
Falling commodities and an old-fashioned price war are driving down costs.
McDonald's earnings report on Monday covers the first quarter with all-day breakfast every day.
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Earnings season looking rough for commodities

by Kimberly Adams Jan 11, 2016
Swelling inventories, a strong dollar and China's slowdown are to blame.