Finance

Word of Mouth
2:15 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

11.3.14: Who Stands To Gain From Apple Pay & German Words For The Human Condition

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Two weeks ago Apple Pay was unveiled with great fanfare and claims that the mobile-payment system will make purchasing easier and more secure. On today’s show, a closer scan of Apple Pay to find out who is set to benefit from it.

Then, if you’re at a loss to describe something in English, why not turn to the language that brought you zeitgeist and schadenfreude?  We’ll explore compound German words uniquely outfitted for life’s everyday pleasures, pains, and unnamed oddities.

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Word of Mouth
2:44 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

9.25.14: The Science Of Happier Spending & The N.H. Highland Games

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The old adage goes, “money can’t buy you happiness”, but maybe you’re just not spending it right. From paying for experiences to spending on others, we'll look at the science of smarter, happier spending. Plus, NHPR's North Country reporter Sean Hurley attended the Highland Games last weekend and ran into 'The Mountain' on Loon Mountain.

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NH News
3:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

N.H. Gets Share Of National Settlement With J.P. Morgan

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New Hampshire will receive a share of more than $2.9 million as part of a national settlement with J.P. Morgan Securities.  

The investigation that prompted the settlement was led by New Hampshire securities regulators.

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Word of Mouth
1:34 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

This Valentine's Day, Don't Go Into Diamond Debt

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Valentine's day is creeping closer…a big day to celebrate abiding love or seal the deal on a new one with a diamond engagement ring. And now for the wet blanket: diamond debt. You know that whole two months salary for an engagement ring calculus? It’s tradition, right? Not really. Diamonds were not associated with romance until the Debeers Diamond Company began marketing them for engagement rings in the 1930s. Debeer’s "Diamonds Are Forever" campaign remains one of the most successful of the 20th century. So, young men still march into jewelry shops prepared to spend…and retailers have plenty of financing available for those who don’t have money up front. Gerri Detweiler, is the director of consumer education for Credit.com, and she recently wrote a blog post about the common credit traps diamond buyers fall into.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

The Savings Dilemma

When the recession began, Americans started pinching their pennies and repaying debt, causing some to speculate that consumers might permanently abandon their free-spending ways.  But now, Americans are again loosening their purse-strings. We’ll  look at how and why our saving habits change and how these variations affect the larger economy. 

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Planet Money
12:17 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

JPMorgan's $2 Billion Loss, Explained

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What just happened?

JPMorgan Chase, the biggest bank in America, announced that it lost $2 billion on a massive trade placed out of its London office.

What was the trade?

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Planet Money
5:08 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen

"You spend most of your time dodging calls." - Jimmy Williams, former lobbyist
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Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 10:36 am

This story is part of our series on money in politics.

We imagine the lobbyist stalking the halls of Congress trying to use cash to influence important people. But it doesn't always work that way. Often, the Congressman is stalking the lobbyist, asking for money.

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Business
3:00 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Wall Street Bonuses: The Other Side Of The Story

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange moments after the opening bell Feb. 24.
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Until this week, New Yorker Andrew Schiff's personal finances were his own personal business. That changed last Wednesday when Schiff — communications and marketing director at the Wall Street brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital — was featured in a Bloomberg article about how smaller bonuses are leaving Wall Street workers strapped for cash.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

America, Beyond Our Means

We talk to the author of a new book who says that Americans spend too much, save too little and borrow excessively and that we might look to countries in Europe and East Asia, where governments encourage thrift and saving rates are much higher.  We’ll examine the financial habits of people on three continents over two centuries and what we might learn from it. 

Guests

  • Sheldon Garon - Professor of History at Princeton University and author of “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves”
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Planet Money
12:01 am
Thu February 9, 2012

What Do The Dow's Daily Swings Mean? Not Much.

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Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 5:22 pm

Turn on the news on any given day, and you're likely to hear about the Dow Jones industrial average. It is the most frequently checked, and cited, proxy of U.S. economic health. But a lot of people — maybe most — don't even know what it is. It's just the stock prices of 30 big companies, summed up and roughly averaged. That's it.

And what does the daily movement of this number have to do with the lives of most Americans? Not much.

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