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The Indicator from Planet Money

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A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money , The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen weekday afternoons.
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How's your defense industry knowledge?

8m · Published 13 Feb 21:55
Roses are red. Violets are blue. We have another Indicator Quiz for you! Today's episode tests one loyal listener on their econ knowledge about our recent defense series, and they give us their best Valentine's Day cocktail recommendation. Play along with us and see how you do!
Are you interested in being a contestant on our next Indicator Quiz? Email us your name, city and phone number to [email protected] and put "Indicator Quiz" in the subject line.
Related episodes:
Can Just-In-Time handle a new era of war? (Apple / Spotify)
Are we overpaying for military equipment? (Apple / Spotify)
How to transform a war economy from peacetime (Apple / Spotify)
How to transform a war economy from peacetime (Apple / Spotify)
How the world economy could react to escalation in the Middle East (Apple / Spotify)
How niche brands got into your grocery store (Apple / Spotify)
WTF is a bitcoin ETF (Apple / Spotify)
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What's really happening with the Evergrande liquidation

9m · Published 12 Feb 22:33
China is in the economic doldrums in part due to its slumping real estate market. And one of the largest property developers in mainland China is a huge part of the story. Evergrande is drowning in about $300 billion of debt. And after months of attempting to restructure, one of its entities is now being forced to liquidate. We look at what that means and how the Chinese economy will be affected.
Related episodes:
China's weakening economy in two Indicators (Apple / Spotify)
Tumbling Chinese stocks and rapid Chipotle hiring (Apple / Spotify)
The mess at the heart of China's economy (Apple / Spotify)
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A Swiftie Super Bowl, a stumbling bank, and other indicators

8m · Published 10 Feb 00:53
It is Friday, and Indicators of the Week is back — SUPER Edition. Today, what one New York bank's shakiness means for the wider economy, why Mexican imports in the US are super surging, and the T. Swift effect on the Super Bowl.
Related Episodes:
Economics, boosternomics and Swiftnomics (Apple/Spotify)
Does the U.S. have too many banks? (Apple/Spotify)
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Why Saudi Arabia is building a new city in the desert

9m · Published 08 Feb 23:37
For decades, Saudi Arabia's economy has been defined by its abundant oil reserves. Its ability to influence global oil supply propelled Saudi Arabia to one of the richest countries in the world. The Saudi royal family became important players on the world stage. However, waning dominance in the oil market is forcing the Saudi government to think differently about its reliance on the commodity.
Today on the show, we explain Saudi Arabia's fantastical vision for its future and how the government is using its present influence in the oil market to fund it.
Related episodes:
Why oil in Guyana could be a curse
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Is Wall Street's hottest trend finally over?

8m · Published 08 Feb 01:15
WeWork, DraftKings, Lucid Motors. These are a few companies that have taken an untraditional route to go public through something called SPACs or special purpose acquisition companies. The obscure investment vehicle took off during the pandemic, but has since fallen back to earth. Today, we consider the rise and fall of SPACs and how recent rule changes will affect these deals.
Related episodes:
The SPAC is back
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Did pandemic business support work?

9m · Published 06 Feb 23:56
The U.S. launched the Paycheck Protection Program in April 2020 to save jobs and businesses from the worst effects of the pandemic. Today on the show, a post-mortem on the controversial program and whether it fulfilled its objective. Also, we hear from one company that voluntarily paid back its PPP loan — with interest — even though it could have qualified for forgiveness.
Related episodes:
Could cash payments ease recessions? (Apple / Spotify)
Small banks' corona crunch
The big small business rescue
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Could cash payments ease recessions?

8m · Published 05 Feb 22:28
Although we have dodged the bullet for now, the threat of a recession is always a concern for policy makers. The question is: will we be prepared next time? In this episode, we consider an alternative approach to stabilizing the economy during a recession through automatic monthly cash payments. The hope: faster relief, a reduced racial wealth gap and predictable income. Can it work?
Related episodes:
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How local government is propping up the U.S. labor market

8m · Published 02 Feb 22:37
The most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the United States economy exceeded expectations by adding 353,000 jobs in January. This continues the labor market's years-long trend of resilience in the face of the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes. However, digging deeper into the numbers reveals figures that economists are keeping a close eye on.
Today, we explain why it's not necessarily ideal for local government jobs to lift up a booming labor market.
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Why the FTC is cracking down on location data brokers

8m · Published 01 Feb 21:24
It's no secret — your phone knows where you are, and if that data exists, someone else might have it. Back in 2022, we covered the murky market for smartphone location data. Now, the Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on this multi-billion dollar industry. In today's episode, we explain why the agency is trying to ban a data broker from selling information tied to sensitive places like medical facilities.
Related episodes:
Ad targeting gets into your medical file (Apple / Spotify)
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How to transform a war economy for peacetime

8m · Published 31 Jan 20:32
In the 1980s, California was the heart of the aerospace industry. But when the Cold War ended, military spending cuts put those defense jobs in jeopardy.
This week, we're bringing you a three-part series on the defense industry. In this episode: how the state redirected some of those defense dollars to another economic opportunity provides an example of how the "peace dividend" can be used effectively.
Related episodes:
Are we overpaying for military equipment? (Apple / Spotify)
Can Just-In-Time handle a new era of war? (Apple / Spotify) Industrial policy, the debate! (Apple / Spotify)
Giant vacuums and other government climate bets (Apple / Spotify)
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The Indicator from Planet Money has 618 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 96:19:45. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on February 22nd 2023. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on April 12th, 2024 04:42.

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