Rank #1: The Productivity Conundrum
Figuring out why the economy is still sluggish despite rising wages and low unemployment.
Rank #2: The Financial Crisis and the Boom in U.S. Oil Production
Ten years after the start of the Great Recession, a new book looks at how American fracking is changing the global economy.
Rank #3: 5 Questions You Shouldn't Ask
A bad question can can come off as confrontational and kill your co-workers' motivation. So, how you do ask smarter ones? We tell you where to start.
Rank #4: Can a Bull Market Beat a Blue Wave?
Ahead of the midterm election, Republicans are hoping a strong economy will help them keep control of Congress. But will it be enough in November?
Rank #5: Keeping Artists in New York City
A city faced with growing wealth inequality risks losing the people who've helped define it as a vibrant cultural capital.
Rank #6: Congress Considers Reining in Big Tech
Facebook and Twitter executives testify on Capitol Hill as lawmakers consider ways to regulate the companies. What, exactly, might they do?
Rank #7: The Sackler Family, Its Wealth and Opioids
The Sacklers are one of the richest families in America. A significant part of that wealth comes from the family business, Purdue Pharma, maker of the painkiller, OxyContin.
Rank #8: The Decline of J. Crew, and Branded Fashion
Like many retailers, J. Crew is fighting a mighty foe — the Internet.
Rank #9: Stock Market Crashes Happen. It’s Your Response That Matters
Thirty years ago, the Dow Jones fell more than 22%, the worst one-day percentage drop in history. What lessons can we learn about investing today?
Rank #10: A Sign of Future Recession
The status of the "yield curve" — a historically accurate predictor of upcoming recession — is starting to worry Wall Street. What is it? We get answers.
Rank #11: The Regulatory Rollback Carmakers Thought They Wanted
The Trump administration is expected to announce a dramatic rollback of fuel economy standards for vehicles. What does it mean for carbon emissions, and why are automakers anxious?
Rank #12: When Debt Became King
In his play, "Junk," Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Ahktar shows how influential the decisions made on Wall Street in the 1980s have been on modern finance.
Rank #13: Extreme Makeover: Hudson Yards Edition
Hudson Yards is officially open to the public. What was once the site of warehouses, tenements, and rail yards is now home to the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. From the initial idea to the opening this week, it’s taken nearly 20 years— and $25 billion — to create the sprawling 28-acre megaproject on the west side of Manhattan. The new neighborhood features supertall glass towers, luxury apartments, a high-end retail and restaurant hub, and a climbable honeycomb-like structure called the Vessel. And this is just phase one. Debuting in April, a new arts center called The Shed will be home to art galleries, concerts, and theater performances. There are also plans to build more public space, housing, and and even a new school. It’s a carefully-curated new neighborhood built from scratch. This week on WNYC's Money Talking, Charlie Herman talks to Greg David, columnist at Crain’s New York Business, about the long road to the new Hudson Yards.
Rank #14: Uncovering What Could Be in Donald Trump's Tax Returns
As of Friday morning, Donald Trump has still not released his tax returns.
Rank #15: The 'King of Debt' Bought in All Cash. Why?
Donald Trump once boasted he makes deals with other people's money. But a new report shows his company made a slew of all-cash deals in the run-up to the presidential election.
Rank #16: The Fight for 5G
5G is coming to a wireless network near you. But what exactly is it? And what has to happen before it completely replaces 4G?
Rank #17: The Gender Pay Gap: It's Still a Thing
It’s 2016 and many working women are still making less money than their male counterparts — in both lower-paying jobs and white collar positions.
Rank #18: The State of American Jobs in the Age of Amazon
The e-commerce giant unveiled plans for a self-service, brick and mortar grocery store, disrupting the retail world once again.
Rank #19: Can The Fed Stop a Trade War?
Jerome Powell has only been serving as Chairman of the Federal Reserve since February, but he's already having to contend with some unusual circumstances. This week, he appeared before Congress to speak about the state of the economy. Lawmakers wanted to know what America’s top central banker thinks about President Trump's steadily escalating trade war. Since January, Trump has imposed or threatened to impose tariffs on 10,000 different products the U.S. imports from Mexico, Canada, Europe, and China. Those countries are retaliating with tariffs of their own. Powell avoided commenting on Trump's tariffs, but did share the view of many economists on trade: "In general, countries that have remained open to trade that haven’t erected barriers including tariffs have grown faster, had higher incomes, had higher productivity and countries that have gone in more protectionist direction have done worse", said Powell. "I think that’s the empirical result." This week on Money Talking, Ilya Marritz speaks to Neil Irwin of The New York Times on America’s growing protectionism, and how the Fed is preparing for it.
Rank #20: Rolling Back Bank Regulations
The Trump administration is proposing to revise and change financial regulations put in place after the Great Recession. House Republicans want to go even further.