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Missed “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal on air? Catch up here! Listen now
Kai Explains

Why sometimes big news does not move the stock market

by Maria Hollenhorst and Kai Ryssdal Jan 7, 2020
Was it a predictable event? Then Wall Street's reaction might already be "priced in."
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Kai Explains

Should we be paying closer attention to weekly unemployment claims?

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 4, 2019
"It's really a measure, I think, of worker confidence in the economy," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Some states require unemployment insurance claims be filed in person.
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Kai Explains

What is a cryptocurrency, anyway?

by Maria Hollenhorst and Kai Ryssdal Nov 25, 2019
Sorting blockchain from bitcoin and everything else.
A photo illustration of the litecoin, ripple and ethereum cryptocurrencies.
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Kai Explains

How bowling shoes help explain the repo market

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Oct 9, 2019
It’s a wonky subject, but important. Arcades, power grids and plumbing systems also help make sense of it.
If you want to understand the repo market, think about renting shoes at a bowling alley.
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Kai Explains

The stock market is not the economy

by Daisy Palacios and Kai Ryssdal Sep 30, 2019
But, yes, the two are related. And that relationship can get pretty interesting.
The New York Stock Exchange.
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Kai Explains

What does the bond market tell us about the economy?

by Sean McHenry and Kai Ryssdal Sep 27, 2019
If you want to know what's going on in this economy, the bond market is a pretty good place to start.
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Why do we care how consumers feel about the economy?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 26, 2019
Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of gross domestic product.
Pedestrians walk through a shopping district in lower Manhattan in New York City.
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Kai Explains

Understanding how an IPO gets priced

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Sep 25, 2019
Kai Ryssdal breaks down the ins and outs of the initial public offering.
A man looks at a graph representing the 12 month decline on October 7, 2008 in London.
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