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World Financial Markets Have A Rough First Week In 2016

U.S. stocks are off to one of the worst starts to any year in memory. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked; he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.

U.S. Weather Wet And Wild In 2015, Though No Big Hurricanes

The U.S. had 10 weather events in 2015 that cost $1 billion or more in damage, with December the warmest and wettest month on record. Climate scientists blame a warming climate and strong El Nino.

China's Woes Are Growing, Along With A Debate: Is It 2008 Again?

China's economy and stock market are taking hits. Billionaire George Soros says it's setting the stage for another global meltdown. But others argue China's troubles will not trigger a crisis.

Global Stocks Plunge After China Halts Trading

China's attempts to shore up its stock market have failed. And with the markets affecting global stocks, NPR reports on whether, and how much of a factor it might be in affecting markets longer term.

Boom Town Presses Pause Amid Dramatic Drop In Oil Prices

Two years ago, in January 2013, oil was about $100 dollars a barrel. At that time, towns near new oil fields expanded rapidly, filling up with workers and overflowing revenue. But how are those towns doing now that oil is worth about half what it was then? The Planet Money team checks in with oil workers and residents in Williston, N.D.

Foreign Investors Fear Global Consequences Of Chinese Economic Uncertainty

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Jamie Metzl, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council, about what is going on with China's economy. Chinese and foreign investors feel uncertain about it, so many are trying to get their assets out of the country.
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Teresa Ghilarducci: "How To Retire With Enough Money"

Economist Teresa Ghilarducci is an informal adviser to Hillary Clinton and has been a trustee of several billion-dollar retirement funds. She's received death threats for her comments about retirement accounts. A conversation about why she says IRAs, 401(k)s, and Social Security won't be enough for most Americans and what to do about it.


Turmoil In China's Economy Shakes Investor Confidence

Thursday was shaping up to be another tumultuous day in the financial markets. Stock prices were falling after a big selloff in Asia and Europe. The trouble seems to have started in China.

U.S. Markets Slump After Chinese Stocks Plunge; China Suspends 'Circuit Breaker'

With U.S. stock prices already seeing their worst three-day opening for a year since 2008, China's trading day lasted less than 30 minutes Thursday.