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President Donald Trump and his advisers have been talking a lot lately about the strength of the U.S. dollar, saying it’s weighing on U.S. exports and hurting American manufacturers. Today, let’s take a step back and explore how we determine what makes the dollar “strong” anyway. Plus: Robocalls, the toy-to-movie pipeline and the latest tariff news.
China announces in-kind tariffs on $75-billion worth of U.S. goods, making markets even more squeamish. Conservative billionaire backer David Koch dies. Plus, local governments are trying to guard against a spate of recent cyberattacks.
Investors wait with bated breath on Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s comments from Jackson Hole. A look at the pay gap between Black women and white men reveals a nearly $1 million earnings difference over a 40-year career. Plus, is Victoria Secret’s inclusivity play too little too late?
Emmanuel Macron calls for urgent action on climate change at the G7 Summit. Why British brands are so popular with foreign buyers. Plus, what more U.S. interest rate cuts could mean for Turkey.
For a while in 2018, it seemed like Apple was going to upend the health industry. The company announced an app that could monitor your heart rate and detect irregularities. It was bringing your medical records to your iPhone. It even launched its own health care clinics for employees and families, which people saw as a trial balloon for understanding the industry.
The U.S. has averaged a recession every seven years since its founding. Australia, on the other hand, hasn’t experienced one in more than 25 years. So what gives? Today, we dig into the rules and chance governing the business cycle. Plus: What one city stands to lose when a GM plant shuts down, how negative interest rates work and President Trump’s relationship with new U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Most of us tell little white lies at some point or another to make things less weird about money. But what happens when disaster strikes, and your money situation becomes impossible to hide?
The Fed governors didn’t all agree on the latest interest rate cut. How has a decline in union membership affected workers, in general? Plus, parts of the Midwest are still dealing with consequences of flooding from months ago.
The Fed gives us a peek into its reasoning behind July’s interest rate cut ahead of its big summit in Jackson Hole. Plus, how do immigration raids affect families and businesses in their wake?
As Ryanair pilots walk out in the U.K., delays in Boeing 737-Max plane deliveries could see layoffs at Europe’s biggest budget airline. Plus, while Greenland’s not for sale, its rare earth minerals are of growing interest to the U.S.
If you don’t like Facebook, you can just leave, but maybe you can leave — and build your own social network. One programmer wrote a guide on how to create your own DIY platform for that. Molly Wood talks to Darius Kazemi about the demand for such a service, and why he’s worked on it.
A series of economic indicators are suggesting that businesses have pulled back their spending amid fear of a recession. But can talk of a recession make one happen? Plus: The latest Fed meeting minutes, virtual reality in the workplace and how an unexpected inheritance can complicate grief.
Retail numbers and Fed minutes are top of mind for investors today. Planned Parenthood opts out of federal funds over abortion referrals. Plus, how are businesses dealing with imports that didn’t get a tariff reprieve?
The U.S. and Japan hash it out over trade. One of Trump’s proposed tax cuts could stimulate the economy a lot less than he thinks. Plus, climate change has spurred a race for the resources under melting Arctic ice.
Prime Minister Johnson meets Chancellor Merkel as he seeks to renegotiate the U.K. leaving the E.U. We hear why Norway’s sovereign wealth fund matters to its citizens. Plus, do you love or hate e-Bikes?
Increasingly, creators are turning to platforms with a membership model as a way to earn a living. Patreon is a website with such a model. It lets fans support projects of their choosing with recurring donations in exchange for everything from shoutouts to free stuff or exclusive content. Host Molly Wood speaks with Patreon co-founder and CEO Jack Conte, who says the platform works because it’s not about expanding at all costs.
As AI algorithms improve, scientists are still facing some difficulties, including language translations. But first: There’s been a lot of talk about an economic downturn lately, and in the middle of it all is the American consumer. Turns out, consumer spending might just be what’s keeping the U.S. economy afloat. But can consumers save the economy from a recession? Then, the number of video streaming services is on the rise. We look into the growing monthly costs for consumers. Also, the latest...more
Used to be you signed up for cable and voila, you’re watching your favorite shows (as well as a bunch of stuff you don’t care about, for maybe too high a price). Then streaming came along. First Netflix. Then Amazon. Hulu. And now a whole new batch of subscription services are about to launch: Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus. It’s getting more complicated and competitive, with content jumping off some platforms and clustering onto others. What services will survive this battle?...more
Brexit, the trade war and a potential looming global slowdown is stifling Germany’s economy, Europe’s largest. Plus, Tesla revamps its solar panel business with a rental plan.
The Trump Administration could cut the payroll tax to stimulate the economy, though it insists things are going great. Interest rate cuts haven’t been enough to boost home sales. Plus, Maine gives us a dire picture of things to come in elder care in the rest of the country.
Could a new coalition government tackle Italy’s mounting debt problem? Hong Kong’s leader plans more dialogue with pro-democracy protesters. Plus, in uncertain times, who benefits from having gold?
There’s no one way forward for autonomous car technology. Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car company, is still testing fully autonomous cars as taxis in the Phoenix area. Tesla is putting semi-autonomous features into its own cars for consumers to buy. And some companies, like Boston-based Optimus Ride, are thinking the immediate future may be a little more contained.
The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group comprised of about 200 CEOs, today announced a change in its definition of a corporation’s purpose: Shareholder value should no longer be their main objective, and they should prioritize customers and employees. This might just lead to a delicate balancing act to keep shareholders, customers and employees happy. We break it all down and what it could mean for the future of the corporate world. Also, we take a closer look at the challenges surround...more
Stimulus talk calms markets’ recession fears. Home Depot is dealing with slowing in home sales and Chinese tariffs. Plus, truck drivers are split on the Trump Administration’s attempt to ease safety restrictions.
Will the U.S. give Chinese tech giant Huawei another reprieve? HUD proposes stricter standards on “unintentional discrimination” claims. Plus, Democratic presidential candidates tackle Native American issues.
From the BBC World Service… A government document dubbed “Operation Yellowhammer” says there could be food, fuel and medicine shortages in Britain after a no-deal Brexit. Iran warns the U.S. against seizing an oil tanker which has left Gibraltar. Plus, have toilets changed much since Woodstock?
It’s easy to create a fake account on social media. Facebook admitted that billions of accounts on its platforms could be fake. Last year alone, Twitter suspended more than 70 million bots and fake accounts, but they keep appearing. The more bots there are, the more they can manipulate the online conversation.
YouTubers have started monetizing one of the biggest consumer moments in a kid’s life: the first day back at school. But first: yield curve inversions, trade wars and recessions, oh my! Remember to take a deep breath while we break it all down. This week, Netflix reported its U.S. subscriber loss in almost eight years. What does that mean for the company’s future? Then, how oat milk entered the mainstream.
Markets stabilize after a panic over a potential recession. Demonstrators in Hong Kong take their non-violent protests to the ATM. Plus, a new bill would help students pay for college with future earnings.
The yield curves normalize. Plus, filmmakers capture the tensions between Chinese and American workers at an Ohio factory.