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NPR Topics: Economy

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Warns Of Growing Risks To U.S. Economy

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear in congressional testimony Wednesday she sees an economy that faces increased risk. Her assessment was sufficiently downbeat to practically remove the ...

Outlook 'Uncertain' For Global Economy, Yellen Tells Congress

Testifying for the first time since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, Janet Yellen says volatility in the global markets means that "as is always the case, the economic outlook is uncertain."

Low Prices Cause Carnage In The Oil Industry

When you pull up to the gas pump, low oil prices may make you smile. Low prices are wreaking havoc in oil states. We check in with a big oil field services firm based in Texas to assess the damage.

Japan Is Selling Bonds Guaranteed To Lose You Money

With the global economy in turmoil, interest rates on some government debt are falling below zero.

5 Things To Know About President Obama's Budget

This is Obama's last chance to give Congress his full policy wish list in budget form.

Consumer Confidence Slides In China, With Effects Beyond Its Borders

As China's stock market falls and economic growth slows, Chinese consumers are putting off purchases and trying to get their money overseas.

Outrage Over Egyptian President's Red Carpet Arrival

The massive red carpet at the opening of a social housing project has sparked a barrage of criticism in a country suffering from high levels of poverty.

Fact Check: GOP Candidates On Taxes And Downgrades

The U.S. doesn't have the highest taxes in the world ... but it's close if you're talking about corporate taxes.

After Cruz Win, How Important Is Candidate Stance On Ethanol?

Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican Caucuses on a platform that included opposing ethanol, a key Iowa industry. Does this mean future presidential candidates won't have to support the corn fuel?

States Not Waiting To Close Gender Wage Gap

Efforts to close the pay gap between men and women have gone nowhere in Congress, but states are forging ahead with a string of equal pay laws. And new proposals are being debated in two dozen states.