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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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As loans come due, farmers feel the financial squeeze

by Peggy Lowe Mar 25, 2019
Some farmers are “quietly exiting” because they can’t make a profit.
Farmer Tom Giessel stands in front of a corn pile near Larned, Kansas. The corn was grown in 2017 and because of a market glut, it still hasn’t sold.
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Auto loan delinquencies rise for younger drivers

by Erika Beras Feb 14, 2019
New car sales have been high for the past few years, and that means there are a lot more car loans out there. There are a lot more delinquent ones, too. According to a report from the New York Federal…
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For Ukraine, IMF delivers a gift with strings

by Ben Bradford Dec 25, 2018
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. How about the International Monetary Fund? The global financial lender is about to deliver to Ukraine the first installment of almost $4 billion in low-interest loans approved last week. It’s a…

A Hail Mary bid to save Sears

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 7, 2018
The chairman of the storied retailer has proposed a $4.6 billion bid to save what's left of the 130-year-old chain.
A Sears store in Brooklyn, New York, in October.
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In an effort to attract young workers, Maine is offering to reimburse their student loan payments

by Robbie Feinberg Nov 30, 2018
It's no secret that workers are getting older nationwide. But the problem is extra tough in Maine.
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How New York's court system turned into a debt-collection machine

by Marketplace Staff Nov 27, 2018
A series from Bloomberg this week sheds light on a predatory lending practice that’s turning New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine. Some lenders that offer cash advances to small businesses require their customers to sign what’s called a…

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Netflix to borrow an additional $2 billion to fund new shows

by Justin Ho Oct 24, 2018
The streaming service has already borrowed more than $8 billion to fund original programming. Can it keep borrowing?
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a keynote address at CES 2016 at the Venetian Las Vegas.
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Netflix to borrow an additional $2 billion to fund new shows

by Justin Ho Oct 24, 2018
The streaming service has already borrowed more than $8 billion to fund original programming. Can it keep borrowing?
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a keynote address at CES 2016 at the Venetian Las Vegas.
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If you want to retire your debt before you retire, be a man

by Erika Beras Oct 23, 2018
A report states that debt grows and follows women through life.
The United States could simply make more money to pay its bills, said Stephanie Kelton, an economics professor at Stony Brook University. But taken to an extreme, that could lead to higher inflation.
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