Archive for the ‘Finance’ Category

Equifax Hack Brings Renewed Attention To The Credit Reporting Industry   Leave a comment


Summary: There are hundreds of millions of consumers who receive their credit reports from Equifax, but with the recent announcement of a cyber-security breach caused by hackers, what does that now mean for the agency? In this podcast, the Planet Money team discusses the roots of how the multi-billion-dollar industry came to be. One may think that the large hack will only pose a threat to individuals’ identities, but think about how it can negatively impact the economy as well.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 37 seconds

We Shouldn’t Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway   Leave a comment

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Summary: We all have experienced information aversion when it comes to information that provokes psychological pain. When the stock market crashes, do you continue to frequently check your portfolio, or ignore it completely since you anticipate future losses? If you chose to put your portfolio to the side, this exemplifies “the ostrich effect”. This term comes from not birds, but investors. Hidden Brain discusses how information aversion is associated with people avoiding information that is unpleasant. While we know that ignorance can be bliss, knowledge is power.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2017

Length: 26 minutes 41 seconds



Fed’s Departing Vice Chair On Stocks, The Federal Debt And Transparency   Leave a comment


Summary: In this podcast, economics meets finance. We learn how Stanley Fischer, the departing vice chair of the Fed, connects interest rates to the stock market, how he views the level of transparency of the Fed, and we learn his input on how the country’s economy has been functioning as a whole.

Original Air Date: October 11, 2017

Length: 5 minutes 28 seconds

As cigarette sales shrink, so do tobacco settlement payouts to states   Leave a comment


Summary: In 2016 states collected over $25 billion from tobacco settlements. Marketplace looks at the  criticisms of how that money is  allocated and what states will do when that money runs out.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2016

Length: 6 minutes 59 seconds

A Report From the Land of Quarterly Profits and Losses   Leave a comment

Yahoo! Reports Drop In Profit But Rise In Sales In Q2Link:

Summary: In this marketplace podcast, they discuss the latest earnings of Yahoo, IBM and Volkswagen.  Marketplace also introduces two cities that are changing; New York City and Pittsburgh.  New York City is looking to disallow employers from asking candidates about past salary, and Pittsburgh is trying to shake the “Steel City” nickname for “Robo-burgh”.

Original Air Date: April 19, 2017

Length: 6 minutes 50 seconds

Jubilee! (?)   Leave a comment


Summary: After Iceland was hit hard by the financial crisis, Icelanders with mortgage loans were drowning in debt.  Recognizing the outrage, the Progressive Party of Iceland capitalized and offered to clear everyone’s debt.  Planet Money discusses Iceland’s use of a biblical event called jubilee and the results.

Original Air Date: December 23, 2016

Length: 20 minutes

The Longest Long Shot   Leave a comment


Summary: What if the odds of finding Elvis Presley alive were 5000 to 1? You could have had those same odds if you bet on Leicester City to win the most watched soccer league.  Freakonomics discusses the near-impossible story of how this little club pulled off the biggest upset in an environment that rewards those who spend.

Original Air Date: May 25, 2016

Length: 45 minutes 15 seconds

Discussion Question: What behavior is being encouraged by the structure of the English league? Compare it with an American league.  How is competition affected?