Chris Arnold http://weku.fm en Onlookers Show No Worry Over Market's Week In Tumult http://weku.fm/post/onlookers-show-no-worry-over-markets-week-tumult Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Volatile, that's the kind of week the stock market had. Investors sold off high-flying technology and biotech stocks. Weak bank earnings also added to the sour mix. The NASDAQ is down 8 percent from its peak this year. The S&P 500, it's off 4 percent. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 58110 at http://weku.fm One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse http://weku.fm/post/one-more-speed-bump-your-retirement-fund-basic-human-impulse Saving for retirement is a challenge facing most Americans. Research shows the challenge is made harder by our basic human impulses. We know we should be saving. But we don't. We consistently make bad financial decisions.<p>One thing that leads us astray is what behavioral economists call "loss aversion." In other words, we hate losing. And that gets in the way of us winning — if winning is making smart financial decisions.<p><strong>How A Smashed Car Is Like A Smashed Nest Egg</strong><p>A few months ago I got rear-ended and my Jeep Cherokee was totaled. It's the first new car I ever bought. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 57748 at http://weku.fm One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse How Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Could Hurt Its Economy http://weku.fm/post/how-russias-annexation-crimea-could-hurt-its-economy Russian President Vladimir Putin's swift move to annex Crimea is seen as a sign of strength by many Russians, and it has boosted Putin's popularity at home. But when it comes to Russia's economy, many analysts think Russia's prospects are looking weaker.<p>In recent days, we've seen Russians rallying in the streets, waving flags and celebrating Putin's move to reclaim Crimea as part of Russia.<p>And before that, Putin has been active on the world stage, hosting the Olympics and standing up for Russia's interests in Syria. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 57368 at http://weku.fm How Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Could Hurt Its Economy Report: Most Americans Not Putting Enough Away For Retirement http://weku.fm/post/report-most-americans-not-putting-enough-away-retirement The stock market surge has given a lift to many retirement portfolios. But a new report finds that most Americans haven't saved nearly enough for the kind of retirement they expect. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 56961 at http://weku.fm Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear http://weku.fm/post/severe-weather-socks-economy-full-impact-unclear The economy often absorbs the impact of snowstorms, such as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/03/285171762/what-a-blast-wicked-winter-storm-spreads-across-nation" target="_blank">this week's storm</a>, without much trouble, but this winter the weather is doing more damage than usual.<p>Sal Sambataro, the manager of Il Cortile in Manhattan, says that when the weather is better, people are packed into the family-owned Italian restaurant. On a recent day, though, the temperature is close to 15 degrees and the doorman wears a furry hat. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 56374 at http://weku.fm Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear Grounded And Confounded, Airlines Wait For Storms To Pass http://weku.fm/post/grounded-and-confounded-airlines-wait-storms-pass The snow and ice storms sweeping the East Coast have been felt not only on the ground but in the air, as well. Airlines are cancelling thousands of flights, and both the companies and their passengers have had to deal with the fallout. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 55596 at http://weku.fm January Job Growth Disappoints, But Unemployment Drops http://weku.fm/post/january-job-growth-disappoints-unemployment-drops The U.S. added just 113,000 jobs in January, instead of the 180,000 analysts had predicted. Despite the anemic gains, the unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since October 2008. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:43:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 55369 at http://weku.fm Trouble In Emerging Markets Causes Stocks To Take A Tumble http://weku.fm/post/trouble-emerging-markets-causes-stocks-take-tumble Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Stock prices soared in the past year, but this was a rough week and prices really tumbled today. The Dow lost 318 points, the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ both fell 2.1 percent. This was part of a global sell-off, as investors focus on the growing financial turmoil in the developing world. NPR's Chris Arnold is following this and he joins me now. Chris, the year started off looking like the global economy was more stable. We didn't have a financial crisis unfolding somewhere. So what's going on now?<p>CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Right. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 54729 at http://weku.fm Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave http://weku.fm/post/small-batch-distilleries-ride-craft-liquor-wave Wherever you live, you're probably not too far from a local microbrewery making beer. Now, the latest trend is the spread of what you might call "micro-boozeries."<strong> </strong>Craft liquor distilleries are springing up around the country like little wellheads spouting gin, whiskey and rum.<p><a href="http://www.turkeyshoredistilleries.com/" target="_blank">Turkey Shore Distilleries</a> in Ipswich, Mass., is one of them.<p>Co-founder Evan Parker<strong> </strong>boils molasses in a giant, 400-gallon copper kettle to distill what the company calls Old Ipswich Rum. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 54640 at http://weku.fm Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave Obama Unveils New Plans To Encourage Manufacturing Jobs http://weku.fm/post/obama-unveils-new-plans-encourage-manufacturing-jobs Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. President Obama has been talking a lot lately about income inequality. Today, he visited a factory in North Carolina and announced new steps that he said would create more good-paying, middle class jobs. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 54401 at http://weku.fm December Jobs Report Has Analysts Flummoxed http://weku.fm/post/december-jobs-report-has-analysts-flummoxed Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Yesterday's jobs report came as something of a surprise after several months of positive economic news. Employers added just 74,000 jobs. Economists had been expecting businesses to generate nearly three times that many. A few people were heartened by the fact that the unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent, the lowest since October 2008. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:05:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 54233 at http://weku.fm For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work http://weku.fm/post/unemployed-ideas-help-bridge-gap-work When members of Congress return to work next week, at the top of the "to-do" list is whether to renew emergency unemployment benefits. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 53901 at http://weku.fm For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services http://weku.fm/post/cars-are-new-frontier-sharing-services Following the popularity of companies like Airbnb, which rent out a client's house or apartment to people visiting the area, more companies are trying the idea with cars. Companies like Uber help find someone to drive you around like a taxi. Another will let you rent out your car like a Zipcar while you're at work. <br /> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 53668 at http://weku.fm Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs http://weku.fm/post/manufacturing-20-old-industry-creating-new-high-tech-jobs As the U.S. economy continues to recover, it has been getting some help from an unexpected place. After decades of massive job losses, manufacturing firms have been steadily creating jobs — many of them well-paying. One particularly bright spot is a new generation of high-tech manufacturers.<p>At a company called Machine Inc. in Stoughton, Mass., a hulking computer-controlled milling machine is making an intricate aerospace component. "It goes in as an aluminum block, and finishes up as a completed manifold," says Richard Mileika, the company's founder. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 53658 at http://weku.fm Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs Mel Watt: A New Captain For America's Housing Market http://weku.fm/post/mel-watt-new-captain-charge-americas-housing-market Seven months after his was nominated, the U.S. Senate this week confirmed former Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., to head the agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant companies that control much of the mortgage market.<p>The vote occurred after Democrats changed the rules on filibusters — now the Senate can confirm presidential nominees with a simple majority.<p>For people who watch the U.S. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:43:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 53113 at http://weku.fm Mel Watt: A New Captain For America's Housing Market Photos: Comet ISON May Have Survived Its Blistering Encounter http://weku.fm/post/photos-comet-ison-may-have-survived-its-blistering-encounter The Comet ISON appears to have survived after disappearing and being thought dead. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:13:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 52515 at http://weku.fm Photos: Comet ISON May Have Survived Its Blistering Encounter To Changing Landscape, Add Private Health Care Exchanges http://weku.fm/post/changing-landscape-add-private-health-care-exchanges We've been reporting a lot lately on the troubled rollout of President Obama's signature health care law. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 52422 at http://weku.fm To Changing Landscape, Add Private Health Care Exchanges DOJ Signals JPMorgan Deal Could Be Model For Other Cases http://weku.fm/post/doj-signals-jpmorgan-deal-could-be-model-other-firms The Justice Department on Tuesday announced a landmark $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. That's the largest settlement the federal government has ever made with a single company. It's three times the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill settlement. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:44:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 52129 at http://weku.fm Can Young People Get Obamacare For $50 A Month? Sometimes http://weku.fm/post/can-young-people-get-obamacare-50-month-sometimes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlerIMpzVPQ</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 51837 at http://weku.fm Can Young People Get Obamacare For $50 A Month? Sometimes Census Report Paints Troubling Economic Picture On Incomes http://weku.fm/post/census-report-paints-troubling-economic-picture-incomes For the first year since the recession, median household incomes did not decline in 2012. But it's hardly a reassuring picture. Incomes were flat despite the economic recovery and big gains in the stock market. That's a troubling aspect about today's labor market. It's four years since the official end of the recession and many households are worse off than when it started. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 50181 at http://weku.fm Census Report Paints Troubling Economic Picture On Incomes Rates Come Down On Jumbo Mortgage Loans http://weku.fm/post/rates-come-down-jumbo-mortgage-loans There is something new and different for home mortgages: Jumbo loans are being made at lower interest rates than traditional home loans. That's kind of like a first class airplane ticket being cheaper than riding in coach.<p>At first this seems crazy. For as long as anybody can remember, homeowners have had to pay a premium to get jumbo loans. That's because they're not guaranteed by the federal government. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:38:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 49655 at http://weku.fm Rates Come Down On Jumbo Mortgage Loans As Housing Recovers, Lots Of Boats Rise In U.S. Economy http://weku.fm/post/housing-recovers-lots-boats-rise-us-economy In just the past week we've seen a bunch of signs that the housing recovery is gaining steam. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:41:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 48963 at http://weku.fm As Housing Recovers, Lots Of Boats Rise In U.S. Economy DOJ Sues Bank Of America Over Mortgage-Backed Securities http://weku.fm/post/doj-sues-bank-america-over-mortgage-backed-securities Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The Justice Department is bringing civil charges against one of the nation's largest banks. The government alleges Bank of America made false statements about the quality of $850 million worth of home loans. Those loans were then sold to investors. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.<p>CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: U.S. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:25:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 48247 at http://weku.fm After Five Years, Why So Few Charges In Financial Crisis? http://weku.fm/post/after-five-years-why-so-few-charges-financial-crisis In the latest in a string of insider trading cases, federal prosecutors this week <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/26/205842749/hedge-fund-sac-capital-pleads-not-guilty-to-fraud-charges" target="_blank">indicted SAC Capital</a>, one of the most prominent and profitable hedge funds in the world.<p>But when it comes to the 2008 financial crisis that sent the economy into a tailspin, criminal prosecutions have been few and far between.<p>"The folks responsible for this incredibly painful economic damage that struck our economy have gone free," says Neil Barofsky, a former fede Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 47747 at http://weku.fm After Five Years, Why So Few Charges In Financial Crisis? Government Charges SAC In Insider Trading Case http://weku.fm/post/government-charges-sac-insider-trading-case Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against one of the most famous and successful hedge funds in the world. The government alleges that SAC Capital Advisors is criminally responsible for insider trading that went on at the firm. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 47654 at http://weku.fm Federal Judge Green Lights Suit Against Private Equity Firms http://weku.fm/post/federal-judge-green-lights-suit-against-private-equity-firms The investor lawsuit claims the companies, including Blackstone, Carlyle and Bain Capital, colluded to drive down prices on hundreds of billions of dollars in takeovers. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 47352 at http://weku.fm Congress Takes Renewed Aim At Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac http://weku.fm/post/congress-takes-renewed-aim-fannie-mae-freddie-mac Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>For the first time since the housing crash, lawmakers are getting serious about dismantling the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They were rescued with $190 million bailout. Two prominent senators - a Democrat and a Republican - have a bill that's attracting some bipartisan support. A separate Republican bill is being introduced in the House today and a third may soon come from Democrats. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.<p>CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Fannie and Freddie are deeply woven into the fabric of home ownership in America. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 47294 at http://weku.fm Bernanke's Comments Lift Stocks To Record Highs http://weku.fm/post/bernankes-comments-give-stocks-lift Stocks surged Thursday after the chief of the Federal Reserve sent signals that the central bank wasn't in a hurry to stop helping the economy. When the markets closed, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index was at a record high. Other U.S. indexes were also up, including the <a href="http://topics.bloomberg.com/dow-jones-industrial-average/">Dow Jones Industrial Average</a>, which rose nearly 170 points to a record 15,460.92.<p><strong>Update at 5 p.m. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:52:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 46980 at http://weku.fm Jobs Keep Growing. How Soon Should The Fed Stop Helping? http://weku.fm/post/jobs-keep-growing-how-soon-should-fed-stop-helping The latest employment report is encouraging to many economists because the stronger job growth doesn't appear to be just a one-month blip. But some worry that it's so strong the Federal Reserve may pull back efforts to boost the economy.<p>The Labor Department's newest data released Friday shows the U.S. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/05/199003657/better-than-expected-job-growth-in-june">added 195,000 jobs</a> in June. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:17:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 46704 at http://weku.fm Jobs Keep Growing. How Soon Should The Fed Stop Helping? In Boston, Lockdown Became Time To Spend With Friends http://weku.fm/post/boston-lockdown-became-time-spend-friends Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>And of course last night, many Bostonians cheered the news that the second suspect in the marathon bombings had been captured. While the backdrop is tragic, residents across the city permitted themselves a moment of celebration. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:57:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 43330 at http://weku.fm