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For a sizable chunk of Americans, retirement is proving to be more difficult than they had imagined, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
As the cost of health care continues to rise, people are looking for new ways to cover their medical needs. At a health care clinic near Portland, Maine, doctors accept an unusual type of currency: "time dollars," which allow patients to rake leaves and perform other community services in exchange for ...
European leaders insist they will take all necessary measures to ensure Greece does not default on its debt. A default would throw Greece's economy — and the European banking system — into deeper crisis. But many financial experts are advocating an orderly default. They argue it will be painful but ...
Google critics accuse the company of playing favorites with its search results. Google executives have always denied this, but the accusations haven't gone away. Eric Schmidt, the company's chairman, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions about the company's business practices.
The Federal Reserve is still searching for ways to help boost the economy and lower unemployment. Most economists expect the Fed to announce some sort of action on Wednesday. David Wessel, economics editor of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> talks to David Greene about what action the Fed might take.
The Japanese company Sony has had a tough year. It's endured a string of attacks from hackers, earthquake damage and lower earnings and profits. Now the company has released a new product: Tablet S. David Greene talks to Bloomberg tech columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about what the success of the computer ...
Like entrepreneurs everywhere, the trio who founded Bluebox Now dream of making it big. But first they have to learn some lessons. As they're getting off the ground, a cycle of mentorship feedback and retooling drives their growth, though that may mean falling behind schedule.
Switzerland's largest bank UBS blames a rogue trader for a $2 billion loss involving unauthorized trades. London police arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the alleged fraud. Megan Murphy, the banking correspondent for the <em>Financial Times</em>, talks to David Greene about whether the bank ...
At a World Economic Forum summit, Beijing is making clear its reluctance to take on the role of the global economic savior. At the same time, Chinese business and economic leaders are stressing how large and how crucial a role China plays in U.S. financial stability.
European officials are struggling over a solution to a government debt crisis that's affected the European Union for nearly two years. The biggest source of panic is still Greece's government finances. But there are clouds over other countries as well — like Italy and Spain. Zanny Minton Beddoes of ...
Britain is set to change its financial laws. Officials say it's an attempt to prevent taxpayers from ever again having to spend tens of billions of dollars to save banks from collapse. Among other things, banks would be required to set aside more money as a cushion against possible losses.
In Mississippi, the largest project under construction is the Port of Gulfport, which is using some $500 million in statewide recovery funds from Hurricane Katrina. The state calls it a critical resource, but some residents hit hard by Katrina fear they won't see the benefits.
The online retail giant has enjoyed a huge competitive advantage by not collecting sales taxes — as brick and mortar stores do. Consumers pay that much less for the same goods. But now a deal has been reached that could hasten the day consumers nationwide pay tax on things they buy online.
Morning Edition has been asking business people for their one idea on how to help fix a part of the economy. Tim Brown, CEO of the design firm IDEO, talks to Steve Inskeep about his idea of reviving apprenticeships.
Christopher Mayer, an economist at Columbia University, talks to Steve Inskeep about his top fix for the economy. Mayer thinks homeowners with mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac should be able to refinance their homes at lower interest rates, regardless of their credit score.
Several new websites connect travelers, who are looking to save money, with homeowners who have a spare room. Airbnb is one of the fastest growing of these rental-by-owner sites. But as with other fast-growing businesses, it faces several challenges.
Major U.S. companies are asking for tax breaks in order, they say, to create more jobs. But the question remains whether they will create American jobs or move their money overseas. Steve Inskeep talks to <em>Washington Post</em> reporter Jialynn Yang about her recent article on the subject, and how ...
A report says the upstate New York region has the highest concentration of green jobs in the country. Another surprising name in the top 10: northeast Ohio. But critics say the numbers of jobs created are too few to justify the use of federal stimulus dollars.
St. Louis-based US Fidelis sold more than 400,000 faulty contracts before it collapsed in 2009 amid fraud allegations. But Missouri's Better Business Bureau says it's still receiving hundreds of complaints about similar companies marketing auto service contracts.
Russia and Exxon have reached an agreement that opens the way for oil exploration in the Russian sector of the Arctic Ocean. And it allows the Russians access to projects in other parts of the world, including the United States. David Greene talks to Julia Ioffe, of <em>Foreign Policy</em> magazine who's ...
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