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Boom Bust


The boom/bust cycle is as old as Western banking itself. Our hosts break through the mainstream headlines to find the stories that matter, and help you navigate the booms and the busts.

Apr 10, 2020 07:10

Unemployment continues to surge

The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to thrash the service sector as jobless claims in the United States shattered expectations yet again. We take a look at the impact that the numbers have had on the US economy and the moves the central bank is planning to take. Plus, in an age of panic, concerns are growing over the fate of privacy and civil liberties as the outbreak continues to gain ground. We examine the struggle between safety and civil liberties.

Apr 9, 2020 06:58

Post-Covid future for stocks

The market beatdown continues in the US with few bright spots; when will we see the economic sea change? Plus, the agriculture sector is taking a hit from the closing of borders in several nations around the globe. We take a look at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and break down the road to recovery.

Apr 8, 2020 06:32

Long road to market recovery

As the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic continues toward its peak in the United States, public life has come to a halt. With the economy frozen, how long will it take for markets to rebound in the wake of the devastation? We take an expert look at the state of stocks going forward. Plus, following several controversial measures during the Covid-19 outbreak, Amazon is back in the hot seat for controlling the “social distancing” of its employees. We do a deep dive into the commerce giant’s latest moves.

Apr 7, 2020 05:43

More economic struggles over the horizon?

Despite a recent rally on optimism, could the bigger picture look grim for the future of the global economy? We bring in some expert analysts to go through the numbers and what we can expect. Plus, as the US continues to see a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, will rural health systems be able to handle the pressure? We take a look at how the government plans to aid vulnerable institutions.

Apr 4, 2020 07:39

Putin is ready to cut oil production

As the number of coronavirus cases has officially reached 1 million, cruise ships with infected passengers on board have docked in Florida in the latest twist in the saga at sea. Plus, as global movement has been restricted due to lockdowns, the US government and central bank have continued stimulus measures to mitigate the impact of job losses as business comes to a halt. Meanwhile, Google has released massive amounts of data which provide a pretty clear look at where people are going and staying during the global virus outbreak. President Vladimir Putin announced on Friday that Russia is ready to cut oil production as long as other major producers follow suit, as the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia sends the commodity plummeting.

Apr 3, 2020 07:03

6.6 million Americans file jobless claims

US jobless claims doubled in just a week, breaking the previous record, with 6.6 million people filing for unemployment benefits for the week ending March 28. However, US equity markets are up. The bounce is mostly attributed to a stabilization in oil markets. The US has more cases of coronavirus than anywhere else in the world (more than 200,000) and over 5,000 deaths. How well prepared are the healthcare system and Medicare? Plus, airlines are facing what some call their “deepest crisis ever” amid the pandemic, and commercial flights have all but come to a complete stop.