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It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:28:00 -0400

It has been a common belief that low-emissions vehicles, like hybrids and electric cars, are more expensive than other choices. But researchers at MIT have found otherwise.

Wells Fargo's Unauthorized Accounts Likely Hurt Customers' Credit Scores

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:53:00 -0400

Regulators say millions of unapproved credit card and bank accounts were opened for Wells Fargo customers. A big question is how to compensate those whose credit scores were hurt by what the bank did.

Your Cheat Sheet To The Issues That Could Come Up In The Presidential Debate

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400

From jobs and taxes to health care and immigration, there are a host of issues that will come up Monday night. Here's what you should know to get smart quick.

As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:53:00 -0400

How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

Fill It With Regular: AAA Finds Millions Of Drivers Waste Money On Premium Gas

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:57:00 -0400

A study by AAA found 16.5 million Americans buy premium gas when their cars don't need it. Director of Automotive Engineering Greg Brannon says drivers waste money when they unnecessarily use premium.

Candidates Want To Raise The Economic Tide To Lift Opportunity, But How?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:00 -0400

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talk about increasing opportunities for coming generations. Some analysts say boosting economic growth would help, but the way there is complicated.

Racial Disparities In Wages Boil Down To Discrimination

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:26:00 -0400

A new study found that a major reason for the gap in wages between black and white workers is what's left over after controlling for variables like education and experience.

Amid A Business Boom, A Wealth Gap Between Races Leaves Some Struggling

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:52:00 -0400

The growing gap between America's rich and poor plagues many cities, including Boston, where the economy is flourishing. But a legacy of racial discrimination has left a huge wealth divide.

Fed Keeps Benchmark Interest Rate, But Still Expects Increase

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:17:00 -0400

Fed Chair Janet Yellen says that although job growth is rebounding, she sees no inflation threat and no hurry to raise rates. The Fed is not likely to do so before the presidential election.

Tax Rule Limits Care For Chronic Ills Under High-Deductible Health Plans

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:49:00 -0400

The IRS limits health plans linked to health savings accounts from covering most care until the deductible is paid off. Proposed legislation would expand what's allowed before that happens.

Venus Williams And Sallie Krawcheck Want Women To Invest

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:21:01 -0400

Tennis star Venus Williams is a backer and Sallie Krawcheck heads a new investment company aimed at women. They talk about why they think a platform like this is needed.

A Nation Engaged: Is This Still A Land Of Economic Opportunity?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:18:00 -0400

NPR's series, A Nation Engaged, takes a deeper look at economic opportunity in 21st century America. Is the middle class still shrinking, and what can political leaders do to help?

Some Employees Sue For Better Deals On 401(k) Options

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:30:00 -0400

Some employees are suing their employers to get better deals on their 401(k) options. It seems like a wonky version of ambulance chasing. But when employees at an investment firm that creates funds got on the trend, it became a chance to understand what makes a raw deal on a 401(k) fee.

Episode 724: Cat Scam

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:14:00 -0400

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.

Britain Releases A New Fiver That's A Real Survivor

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:10:00 -0400

This week, the U.K. introduced a polymer 5-pound note that's designed to be waterproof, tear-resistant and chewable. The Bank of England still doesn't recommend setting it on fire.