How low interest rates could make inequality worse

Low interest rates hurt our ability to save.
Karen Petrou, managing partner at Federal Financial Analytics, says there's "nothing" in the Federal Reserve's new policy for "shared prosperity."
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on rebuilding trust between the city and its people

Lightfoot wants to "unwind" Chicago's "addiction to fines and fees" so as to not drive people into bankruptcy and out of the economy.
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The Economy Reimagined, Part 1: Dealing with Inequality

Amid the wreckage of 2020, are there opportunities to fix what was already broken, including the system of human relationships we call the economy?
Pictured: Hundreds of people wait in line for hours at a downtown Brooklyn office for their EBT Food Stamp cards on May 12, 2020 in New York City.
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Thousands of workers are walking off the job to "Strike for Black Lives"

Jul 20, 2020
Among the demands are better treatment of employees of color, a $15 minimum wage and more personal protective equipment.
Organizers say the pandemic has worsened socioeconomic inequalities, and they want corporations and politicians to do more to address the problem.
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Netflix will deposit $100 million in Black-owned banks

Jun 30, 2020
The move should help the banks make more loans in communities of color. But deposits are just one way to help the institutions.
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What the current protests have to do with economic inequality

Jun 2, 2020
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Dorothy Brown, Emory University, about the racial economic divide.
Protesters in front of the White House on Tuesday.
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Why so few Americans have the savings to weather this pandemic

Apr 22, 2020
Income inequality, combined with pressure to spend money on certain goods, is uniquely strong in the U.S.
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Studies show financial pain from COVID-19 is not spread equally

Apr 22, 2020
Black and Hispanic workers are seeing the worst job and income losses.
About 61% of Hispanic households have suffered a partial or total job loss, compared with 44% of black, and 38% of white households.
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Automation and how it could worsen inequality

Economist Daniel Susskind explores why automation could worsen inequality in his new book "A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond."
Workers at Kinross Clothing manufacturers in Maitland, sew men's trousers in Cape Town in 2017.
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The Fed says the economy is in a "good place." Could it be doing more?

Jan 9, 2020
The economy looks good on paper, but there's little the Federal Reserve can do to address economic inequality.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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