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NPR Topics: Economy

Fewer Young People Buying Houses, But Why?

First-time home buyers are participating at lower rates in the otherwise booming housing market. Experts offer differing opinions on whether — or when — younger buyers are likely to return.

Good News On Student Loans ... For Some

More students are getting affordable payments, a new report says. But they might not be the ones who really need it.

Why Summer Jobs Don't Pay Off Anymore

The minimum wage is flat, college tuition is up and students are broke: Summer jobs just don't have the purchasing power they used to, especially when you look at the cost of college.

With More Money In Consumer Pockets, Back-To-School Sales Give Retailers A Boost

The National Retail Federation predicts this year's back-to-school spending will shoot up. With a fall in gas prices, and lower inflation and interest rates, economists say Americans have extra cash.

For Japanese Parents, Gorgeous Bento Lunches Are Packed With High Stakes

It's cute ... but is it too much cultural pressure?

They're Small, But These Big-City Apartments Tout Their Communal Feel

For those eyeing city life, the trick to paying reasonable rent might mean downsizing — really downsizing. Developers of micro apartments says they offer affordability and a sense of community.

Justice Department Moves To Block 2 Health Insurance Mergers

The Justice Department and a number of states filed suit today to block two big mergers in the health insurance industry. Anthem was planning to acquire Cigna, and Aetna sought to buy Humana. Justi...

Trump Will Model His Speech Off Nixon '68. But 2016 Is Dramatically Different

Amid the horrors and divisions of 1968, Americans weren't as polarized as they are today. Nixon was making an appeal to a nation still hoping for a solution to its seemingly endless catastrophes.

Who Buys Bonds With A Negative Interest Rate?

Many developed countries are issuing bonds at negative interest rates. That means people are buying them expecting to get paid back less than they invested. Why then are people buying them?

United Kingdom Faces Severe Housing Shortage Amid Immigrant Influx

The United Kingdom has a housing shortage. Add an influx of immigrants from other parts of European Union, and you have a market where escalating prices put home ownership out of the reach of many ...