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  1. just asking questions
    A Historian of Economic Crisis on the World After COVID-19A leading expert on financial crises explains how the pandemic is upending economic orthodoxy and raising the stakes of the 2020 election.
  2. coronavirus stimulus
    Maybe Panicked Investors Will Save the COVID StimulusWall Street has priced in another round of coronavirus relief. If a deal falls through, plunging stock prices just may break the GOP’s resolve.
  3. the top line
    Coronavirus Has Changed How We Drink CoffeeWhat has been bad for Starbucks has been good for Folgers.
  4. the economy
    The U.S. Economy Just Shrank at a Record Pace (and That’s the Good News)In macroeconomic terms, last quarter was the worst in recorded history. In human terms, this one could be worse (at least if the GOP gets its way).
  5. real estate
    How Much Is COVID-19 Hurting NYC Real-Estate Values?The news for Gotham homeowners is not great — but also not catastrophic.
  6. the top line
    Why the Stock Market Is Soaring Even As the Economy FaltersHere, some good explanations for why stocks would appear to shrug off the very serious economic problems the virus has caused this summer.
  7. the top line
    The Economy Won’t Be Recovering Anytime SoonIndicators that recently looked promising are stalling once again.
  8. recession
    This Recession Is a Bigger Housing Crisis Than 2008Roughly 10 million Americans lost their homes to the foreclosure crisis. More than twice that number are at risk of eviction by October.
  9. the economy
    Congress Can’t Handle the Truth About the Coronavirus RecessionWith coronavirus cases surging, the U.S. economy has never been sicker, and Republicans are preparing to take it off life support.
  10. the economy
    ‘A Hate Crime Against Future Generations’Scott Galloway thinks the coronavirus bailout packages are little more than another wealth transfer to the rich.
  11. the top line
    The Good News and the Bad News in the Latest Jobs ReportThe economy added a record 4.8 million workers. But there are also some warning signs.
  12. the top line
    Another Good Sign on the Economic Recovery — and a WarningThings are still looking up, but coronavirus surges and government inaction could change that.
  13. coronavirus stimulus
    The IRS Sent $1.4 Billion in Stimulus Checks to Dead People. That’s Good.The alternative was delaying the delivery of financial aid to the needy. And anyhow, what’s wrong with giving the bereaved a little gift?
  14. the economy
    The ‘V-Shaped’ Recovery Has Died of CoronavirusA swift rebound from the pandemic was always unlikely. But COVID-19’s resurgence has now rendered one impossible.
  15. coronavirus
    Why 2020’s Economic Calamity Probably Won’t Be As Bad As 2008’sThe unemployment numbers may look grim, but there are key differences between what’s happening now and the last meltdown.
  16. recession
    Send Money to the States AlreadyBy withholding fiscal aid to states ravaged by the coronavirus, congressional Republicans are driving us toward a depression.
  17. the economy
    Coronavirus Is Killing Our Economy Because It Was Already SickWe built an economy around the whims of the few rather than the needs of the many. That’s bad for growth in normal times, and worse in a pandemic.
  18. black lives matter
    Corporate America Loves Increasing Racial InequalityYou can support racial justice or economic policies that increase racial inequality — but not both.
  19. the top line
    Air Travel Is Coming Back‚ But a Full Recovery Is Far OffExpect a smaller airline sector for years to come.
  20. the top line
    The Strange Case of Hertz’s BankruptcyWhat the mysteriously high stock price of the distressed rental-car company might tell us about market dynamics right now.
  21. markets
    White House: Stocks Are Plunging Because Jerome Powell Doesn’t SmileMultiple Trump advisers have blamed the markets’ jitters on the Fed chair’s poor “bedside manner.”
  22. the top line
    The Recession Started in February — And Is Probably Already OverWe are not out of the woods. But we are on the upswing.
  23. the economy
    Is This What a Recovery Looks Like?The economic data is brightening. But it’s still hard to reconcile Wall Street’s euphoria with Main Street’s boarded-up (and/or broken) windows.
  24. jobs report
    Why the Shockingly Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad NewsThe report indicates that unemployment is higher than its own official rate suggests. If Congress misses that caveat, it could undermine the recovery.
  25. the top line
    Why Americans Unexpectedly Saved a Lot of Money in AprilMillions lost their jobs, but those declines were more than offset by an enormous increase in government social benefits.
  26. the economy
    GOP Vows to Kill Only Thing Keeping Economy (and Trump) AfloatThanks to enhanced unemployment benefits — which Republicans are fighting to end — personal income actually rose in the U.S. last month.
  27. the economy
    Jobs Are Starting to Come Back, But Bankruptcies Are SoaringThe number of Americans receiving state jobless benefits fell by 3.8 million this week. But a giant wave of bankruptcies is building.
  28. just asking questions
    We’ll Need Mass Debt Forgiveness to Recover From the CoronavirusEconomist James Galbraith argues that a debt jubilee is a “practical necessity” for reestablishing a functioning economic system.
  29. buyer's market
    How Hertz’s Bankruptcy Will Affect the Car IndustryExpect hundreds of thousands of Hertz cars to show up at used-car dealerships soon.
  30. coronavirus
    Why Facebook’s Plan to Tie Remote Pay to Location Will Probably FailMark Zuckerberg plans to let more employees permanently work from home, but he wants to pay those who live in inexpensive places less.
  31. the economy
    An Economist Who Called the 2008 Crash Says We’re In for a Long DepressionNouriel Roubini predicted the 2008 crash. Now, he’s warning that the America is hurtling toward food riots — and then a decade-spanning depression.
  32. the top line
    Walmart Had a Great First Quarter — and Has Good News About the Whole Economy“Call it relief spending,” said the company’s CEO, “as it was heavily influenced by stimulus dollars.”
  33. buyer's market
    Here’s How to Square a Rising Stock Market With the Dire EconomyIt depends a lot on what story you are telling.
  34. pandemic prescriptions
    How Germany Is Saving Jobs During the PandemicThe spike in unemployment in America was inevitable. Germany and many other countries in Western Europe have a program to protect workers and jobs.
  35. the economy
    We’re Paying for Coronavirus Stimulus by Printing Money. And That’s Fine!Congress should learn to stop worrying and love monetizing the debt.
  36. buyer's market
    Who’s Booking Hotel Rooms Right Now? Vacation Optimists.People are hoping that the worst will be over in a few months. And if it’s not, they have an out.
  37. the federal reserve
    Why Trump Might Be Right About Negative Interest RatesThe Federal Reserve opposes the radical stimulus policy. But it might be necessary to promote recovery.
  38. the top line
    There’s Deflation, But You’re Probably Not Enjoying Lower PricesThe government’s preferred measure of prices is way down. That’s not the story for most consumers during lockdown though.
  39. vision 2020
    Trump’s Odds of Winning Reelection Are Higher Than You ThinkWeeks into a historic recession, the president’s approval rating remains higher than it’s been for most of his tenure.
  40. the top line
    Why There Are Still So Many Empty Shelves at the Grocery StoreSome key dynamics have changed since March, but there are still acute shortages — particularly in the meat aisle.
  41. markets
    The Unemployment Rate Is 15 Percent. Here’s Why the Stock Market Doesn’t Mind.Investors have either lost touch with reality — or the need for a functioning society and labor market.
  42. the economy
    Meatpacking Crisis Shows Limits of Human Sacrifice As Recovery PlanTrump ordered plants to put maintaining the meat supply above keeping workers safe. But without better public-health policies, they can’t do either.
  43. buyer's market
    Disney Is a Fascinating Case Study for the Coronavirus’s Economic EffectsAcross the company’s many businesses, the impact from the pandemic ranges from dire to positive.
  44. the top line
    Warren Buffett Should Have Listened to Warren Buffett About AirlinesHe was a longtime skeptic of the industry. Then he changed his mind. Now he’s changed his mind again.
  45. recession
    Ending Lockdowns Won’t Revive the Economy“Reopening the economy” won’t make consumers feel economically or medically secure enough to spend the way they did before COVID-19 arrived.
  46. oil
    Oil Is Crashing Again. It Could Take Whole Governments Down With It.As unwanted oil overwhelms storage capacity, many petro-states are poised for existential crises.
  47. the economy
    The Fed Helped Carnival Get a Loan — But the Interest Rate Is HighYes, the Federal Reserve stepped in to help some companies. But the loan to Carnival shows that the markets are still working.
  48. the top line
    Why Mitch McConnell’s State Bankruptcy Idea Is So StupidThe negative economic and social effects of leaving states scrambling to pay their debts would be dire for everyone.
  49. the national interest
    The Fatal Calculations of the Economists Steering Our Public HealthArthur Laffer, Lawrence Kudlow, and Stephen Moore have been wrong about everything for decades, but still have an enduring influence.
  50. recession
    26.5 Million Americans Lost Their Jobs in the Past 5 WeeksThe U.S. unemployment rate appears to be around 20 percent, double its Great Recession peak.
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