The Indicator from Planet Money

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.

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/567724614/the-indicator

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What Keeps Economists Up At Night? And Other Stuff


We armed The Indicator's producers with your questions, and they unleashed them on a roomful of economists at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.


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R.I.P. Jack Bogle, Democratizer Of Investing


John Clifton "Jack" Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Today we look back at his life and career.


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The Extremely Cautious Case For Extremely Mild Optimism


Interest rates are higher, global growth is slowing, and the government is at an impasse. But there are also reasons for near-term optimism about the U.S. economy.


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Working Women: Why The U.S. Is Behind


When it came to the female labor force participation rate, America used to lead the world. But we've fallen behind. Today on the show: what happened?


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10,000 Economists Walk Into A Bar


Which economic indicators do we pay too much attention to? Not enough? It's Overrated/Underrated: Economic Indicator edition


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Shutdown Economics


The U.S. partial government shutdown is on track to be the longest in history. Whatever its political consequences, the economic costs to the private sector will increase the longer it lasts.


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U.S.-China Trade: Where Are We Now?


Today on The Indicator: an update on the trade spat between China and the U.S.


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Are We Ready For A Recession?


Some signals on the economic dashboard are warning we could be heading for a downturn within a couple of years. Are we ready to fight off a recession?


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Don't Fear The Fear Index


2018 was one of the most volatile stock market years on record. And the market continues volatile today. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.


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Jobs, Inflation And The Phillips Curve


The Fed chair and his two predecessors speak at a big conference about Friday's stellar jobs report, and why, despite what the Phillips Curve might predict, they're not too worried about inflation


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