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    Every weekday, host Kai Ryssdal helps you make sense of the day’s business and economic news — no econ degree or finance background required. “Marketplace” takes you beyond the numbers, bringing you context. Our team of reporters all over the world speak with CEOs, policymakers and regular people just trying to get by.

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    Last resort

    Last resort

    Florida-based Citizens Property Insurance Corp. wants to raise rates an average of 14%. But Citizens is the Sunshine State’s insurer of last resort — it’s backed by the state and tasked with covering homeowners who have no other options as private insurers pull out. What will Floridians do? Also in this episode: Environmentalists advocate more composting, a cyberattack forces thousands of car dealerships to go analog and oceanographers map the world’s seafloor.

    Marketplace
    enJune 21, 2024

    Bill Gates goes nuclear, turning a small coal town upside down

    Bill Gates goes nuclear, turning a small coal town upside down

    Three years ago, a town of 2,500 formed an unlikely relationship with multibillionaire Bill Gates. He had new nuclear technology and Kemmerer, Wyoming, had a declining coal industry. This week, Gates broke ground on a first-of-its-kind power plant. Will it revive a struggling local economy or upheave the small community’s way of life? Also in this episode: Summer gasoline use is down, Nvidia dominates AI chipmaking and apartment buildings aren’t being built — despite high demand for more housing.

    Marketplace
    enJune 20, 2024

    Credit card debt data reveals “two different Americas”

    Credit card debt data reveals “two different Americas”

    Credit card delinquencies are up overall in the past year — but that’s not the whole debt picture. Wealthier consumers can pay off their debt right now, driving up the nation’s average credit score. It’s a tale of two Americas. Also in this episode: Federal data reveals that nearly 1 in 4 Black prospective homeowners are denied a mortgage, and we catch up with a couple whose gift-giving journey was featured on “This Is Uncomfortable.”

    Marketplace
    enJune 19, 2024

    Will mortgage rates follow bond yields down?

    Will mortgage rates follow bond yields down?

    With bond yields dropping, lower mortgage interest rates may be on the horizon. That’s great for people who’ve put off buying a home because they felt priced out. But will rates fall enough to make homeowners with older, cheaper mortgages consider selling? Also in this episode: Buy now, pay later attracts vulnerable consumers, electric vehicle sales growth slows and product designers chase down copycat products.

    Marketplace
    enJune 18, 2024

    The economy doesn’t love the heat, either

    The economy doesn’t love the heat, either

    A stretch of the U.S. is under a heat advisory this week — but summer starts Thursday. When we talk about a “hot” economy, it’s usually a good thing, but in real life, extreme heat sends economic productivity downhill. We’ll get into why. Also in this episode: Retailers launch copycat sales to compete with Amazon Prime Day, Baltimore longshoremen are finally back to work and the bond market is booming.

    Marketplace
    enJune 17, 2024

    Will I ever own a home?

    Will I ever own a home?

    Housing affordability is on everyone’s mind — a new survey shows it’s a “somewhat to very important issue” for the majority of voters, especially younger ones. We’ll discuss whether housing has historically determined elections and get realistic about what a president can do about housing prices. We’ll also look at how the government measures housing costs for homeowners, even if their mortgages are paid off. Plus: The history of all-you-can-eat deals.

    Marketplace
    enJune 14, 2024

    What’s good for the economy might not be good for job seekers

    What’s good for the economy might not be good for job seekers

    The job market is weakening, according to recent data. Higher unemployment is a good sign — if you’re the Federal Reserve and want to cut interest rates. It’s bad, of course, if you’re a job seeker. We tackle this paradox in today’s episode. Plus: Cities adjust their tech-hub dreams, improved hurricane forecasting saves billions in damage, and Black workers pay a high price in the clean energy transition.

    Marketplace
    enJune 13, 2024

    Powell holds off on rate cuts

    Powell holds off on rate cuts

    Well, the Federal Reserve decided to stand pat on interest rates for now — and said it may make just one cut this year. In this episode, we break down the Fed’s latest move and look at which sectors are feeling the “lag effect” of rate hikes. Plus: Daycares are likely to raise prices as federal pandemic funding runs dry, and Fannie Mae’s chief climate officer says we should prepare for climate risk to become a bigger factor in the housing market.

    Marketplace
    enJune 12, 2024

    One meeellion dollars!

    One meeellion dollars!

    Remember in “Austin Powers” when Dr. Evil conspires to hold the world hostage for $1 million? Not much cash, right? Well, it was a lot back in the 1960s — the last time Dr. Evil was conscious. In this episode, Dr. Evil teaches us how to adjust for inflation. Plus: Grocery stores want to be community meeting places, AI-fueled ad spending rockets up, and small-business owners aren’t sure what the future holds.

    Marketplace
    enJune 11, 2024

    The clean energy boom can’t come fast enough

    The clean energy boom can’t come fast enough

    As the Southwest prepares for 100-plus-degree days this week, we’ll look at where energy grids are prepared for a hot summer. A key factor? Whether grids have new electricity generators, like wind or solar plants. We’ll visit eastern Colorado, where clean energy jobs have been a boon for rural residents. Plus: More first-time homeowners enlist their parents as mortgage cosigners, and brands back away from trans representation, instead angling to keep both LGBTQ and transphobic customers.

    Marketplace
    enJune 10, 2024

    Better-than-expected job growth

    Better-than-expected job growth

    May brought a surge of 272,000 new jobs, exceeding forecasts. Of those, 42,000 were in leisure and hospitality, benefitting from the summer travel season and increased wages. Also in this episode: a thousand options and nothing to watch. Netflix is getting a makeover for the first time in a decade, all with the goal of keeping subscribers hooked for longer.

    Marketplace
    enJune 07, 2024

    What do interest rate cuts in Europe mean for the U.S.?

    What do interest rate cuts in Europe mean for the U.S.?

    The European Central Bank delivered on its promise of June interest rate cuts, its first since 2019. The U.S. Federal Reserve is still deciding whether to do the same this year. But what the ECB does won’t affect the Fed’s decision, since European interest rates don’t impact U.S. job growth or prices. Also in this episode, the history of the federal jobs report, the cost of congestion pricing and the future of tourism on the Rio Grande.

    Marketplace
    enJune 06, 2024

    Lone Star stock exchange

    Lone Star stock exchange

    A Texas group is planning to open a Dallas-based stock exchange, it announced today. In an era when most stock trading is online, why does it matter that the exchange will be in Texas instead of New York? Also in this episode: Economists disagree on the power of the “wealth effect,” the co-working space industry tries to reinvent itself, and nanobubbles fight toxic algae in a Southern California lake.

    Marketplace
    enJune 05, 2024

    The “great stay”?

    The “great stay”?

    An April labor report released today shows that hiring, quitting and layoffs didn’t change much from the month before. In this episode, why no news is a sign we’re headed toward a pretty strong (as opposed to a once-in-a-lifetime) labor market. Plus, a traffic report of sorts: “supercommuter” rates rise, e-cargo bikes race ahead in popularity, and air travel isn’t luxurious anymore.

    Marketplace
    enJune 04, 2024

    Who benefits from mortgage interest tax breaks?

    Who benefits from mortgage interest tax breaks?

    A tax break that started out as a way for the government to incentivize homebuying has primarily benefited the wealthy, research shows, while costing the U.S. government $30 billion a year in tax revenue. That amount may more than double in 2026. Also in this episode: OSHA works on new heat guidelines for the workplace, construction spending falls, and the Federal Reserve wants interest rates to be “neutral.”

    Marketplace
    enJune 03, 2024

    Slowly, but surely, the economy is cooling

    Slowly, but surely, the economy is cooling

    The economy is cooling, based on the latest inflation report, in part because American consumers are pulling back on spending. That’s good news for the Federal Reserve and its 2% inflation target. Also in this episode: GM says goodbye to the Malibu, OPEC+ members to talk about production quotas, and teen boys flock to luxury perfume counters.

    Marketplace
    enMay 31, 2024

    Revised 1st-quarter GDP shows slower growth

    Revised 1st-quarter GDP shows slower growth

    Revised gross domestic product for the first quarter shows even slower growth than the original estimate. With U.S. GDP representing nearly a quarter of global output, what happens here can affect other economies. Also in this episode: why companies opt for machines over people, how cyberattacks affect small businesses, and what one South Gate, California, business owner thinks of prices.

    Marketplace
    enMay 30, 2024

    Breaking Ground: Change isn’t coming — it’s here

    Breaking Ground: Change isn’t coming — it’s here

    A small neighborhood in the Phoenix area, full of farm animals and dirt roads, is in turmoil: A huge TSMC semiconductor plant, now under construction, is bringing with it a wave of commercial development and new residents. Champions of the project say the jobs and housing are sorely needed, but locals feel the transformation threatens their way of life. In this episode, we’ll visit the so-called Golden Triangle and meet stakeholders who include longtime residents, small-business owners, a city councilwoman and a real estate developer.

    Marketplace
    enMay 29, 2024

    What could happen if Israel severs banking ties with the Palestinian economy

    What could happen if Israel severs banking ties with the Palestinian economy

    Commercial Israeli banks process transactions with Palestinian banks — about $10 billion in trade per year, and paychecks for tens of thousands of Palestinians with jobs in Israel. Normally, the government protects them legally if any funding finds its way into terrorists’ hands. Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich recently threatened to end these waivers. In this episode, what could happen to the Palestinian economy if he follows through? Plus, what’s included in “cost of living” indexes, why consumer confidence is rising, and are we in a climate change housing bubble?

    Marketplace
    enMay 28, 2024

    Why’s my coffee so expensive?

    Why’s my coffee so expensive?

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans drink coffee every day, according to the National Coffee Association. If you’re part of that 63%, you may have noticed coffee getting more expensive. Some of it has to do with the cost of the raw crop, which is at a 45-year high, partly due to climate change reducing yields. And it doesn’t help that global demand is growing. Also in this episode: Mexico City is in a water crisis, Zoom cashiers usher in a new wave of digital offshoring and machinery and other things-that-make-things purchases were up last month.

    Marketplace
    enMay 27, 2024

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