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The Indicator from Planet Money
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... more

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What can we learn from the year's most popular econ terms?

In 2021, the most popular term on Investopedia was "capital gains tax." In 2022, it was "poison pill." These top... more

07 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
Americans don't like higher prices but they LOVE buying new things

Eight times a year, regional Federal Reserve Banks release a collection of anecdotes that reveal stories about the economy. These... more

05 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
Who can and cannot get weight-loss drugs

Drugs used for weight loss like Wegovy, Ozempic and Mounjaro are nearly everywhere in popular culture, but many patients struggling... more

04 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
Endless shrimp and other indicators

On the latest edition of Indicators of the week, inflation in the U.S. and Europe is slowing down. Plus, a... more

01 Dec 2023 · 9 minutes
Could SCOTUS outlaw wealth taxes?

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next week on whether the federal government can tax some "unrealized" gains.... more

01 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
Putting the 80/20 rule to the test

A favorite of productivity hackers, the Pareto Principle, aka the 80/20 rule, has taken on a life of its own... more

29 Nov 2023 · 8 minutes
Oil prices and the Israel-Hamas war

The Middle East is synonymous with oil production. And historically, oil prices usually surge when there's a conflict there. ... more

28 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
Texas' new power grid problem

In 2021, a huge winter storm hit Texas. It caused a days-long blackout that resulted in hundreds of deaths. The... more

27 Nov 2023 · 8 minutes
A salary to be grateful for, and other Thanksgiving indicators

It's an Indicator Friendsgiving! You're not alone in feeling the news has been awfully grim this year. So we're taking... more

22 Nov 2023 · 8 minutes
How "dark defaults" could cost you

A lot of people have experienced some version of this: You sign up for the free one-week trial of some... more

22 Nov 2023 · 9 minutes
The Indicator from Planet Money
What can we learn from the year's most popular econ terms?
The Indicator from Planet Money