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A tax refund is a lifeline for a lot of Americans

by Samantha Fields Mar 4, 2020
Last year, after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 went into effect, a lot of people saw their tax refunds shrink or disappear.
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As home prices rise in big cities, holding out hope of buying

by Samantha Fields Feb 14, 2020
Home prices have become unaffordable, but many are still trying to buy.
A Homebuying 101 class at the Blackstone Community Center in Boston.
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Auto loans are taking longer to pay off

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Oct 2, 2019
That could hurt consumers but benefit banks and dealerships.
Ford F-150s are lined up at a dealership in Hudson, Wisconsin.
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"Why can't I make ends meet? Why can't I make this math work?"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 28, 2018
In her new book, Alissa Quart examines the lives of middle-class families struggling to get by.
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Cutting the federal income tax rate is just a start, some economists say

by Andy Uhler Nov 9, 2017
Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser, told CNBC this morning that it would be hard for the current tax bill to reduce federal tax rates further for a family earning median income without going into negative tax rates. But…

I went to the world's largest Applebee's to figure out why chain restaurants are dying

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Oct 20, 2017
The decline of chain restaurants coincides with the growth in income disparities.
The second floor dining room at an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Manhattan.
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How African-Americans were 'shut out' of the American dream

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen Apr 25, 2017
Discriminatory employment and housing practices have made it difficult for black men and women to enter the middle class, according to a new documentary.
Kathy Region (L) and Jimmie Alvin with his dog, pimp, sit next to the shanty town going up next to their apartment complex in the Liberty City neighborhood in Miami, Florida. 
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Indie musician Conor Oberst takes the Marketplace Quiz

by Hayley Hershman Mar 17, 2017
He says that the music industry is a reflection of the general economy.
Conor Oberst has a carousel horse in his living room.

What Homer Simpson can tell us about the economy

by Kai Ryssdal and Cerise Castle Dec 14, 2016
He's had more than 100 jobs, but hasn't progressed economically.

Starbucks doubles down on China

by Reema Khrais Oct 21, 2016
The company plans to open more than 2,000 additional stores in the next five years.
A Starbucks coffee shop, built in traditional Chinese style, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

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