Business

6:41pm

Fri March 28, 2014
The Two-Way

GM Recalls More Cars Over Possible Faulty Ignition Switches

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 7:35 am

A 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe sits on display at General Motors headquarters in Detroit in 2009.
David Zalubowski AP

General Motors is recalling an additional 824,000 small cars in the U.S., adding to the 1.37 million it recalled domestically last month, citing possible faulty ignition switches.

Worldwide, the latest announcement affects a total of 971,000 vehicles, on top of the 1.6 million recalled globally in February.

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5:10pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Business

Russia's Energy Market Heft Leaves Neighbors Unsettled

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:34 pm

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The crisis in Ukraine is raising new questions about Russia's role in the energy markets. Moscow has long used exports of oil and natural gas to win political concessions from countries on its borders. Europe gets a quarter of its natural gas from Russia.

As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, that's making a lot of people there nervous.

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5:10pm

Fri March 28, 2014
World

In Ukraine's Industrial Heart, An Economic Affinity With Russia

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:34 pm

In Eastern Ukraine, the country's industrial heartland, many workers fear for their jobs if Ukraine joins the European Union.

3:14pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Your Money

Stocks Or The Mattress? Winning The Retirement Championship

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This month, millions of Americans picked winners and losers in college basketball games, hoping to make money from wise bets.

But you can play for much higher stakes by placing sensible bets with your savings. If you wager well, you can have a much more comfortable retirement.

Economists, though, are making forecasts that make it tough to guess which way growth is going.

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5:18am

Fri March 28, 2014
Latin America

Tijuana's New Breed Of Entrepreneurs Create Technical Businesses

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Tijuana, Mexico stands so close to the U.S. border, the city practically leans on the fence. We drove through the city with NPR's Carrie Kahn.

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: This is the original border fence. That's all there was. Now you'll see there's a road, a dirt road, and then there is another fence, which are pylons, and then you'll see in some places there's actually a third fence.

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5:15am

Fri March 28, 2014
Business

Ford Investment In Ohio Plants Boosts Midwest Car Manufacturing

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an engine for job growth.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Yeah. That's a joke. But it's also true. Ford Motor Company says it is investing more than half a billion dollars in upgrading an Ohio engine plant. Earlier this month, the company announced it is shifting production of some truck models to the Buckeye State from Mexico. And today, Ford says it will create 300 jobs more in Ohio.

Nick Castele, of member station WCPN, reports.

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3:26am

Fri March 28, 2014
Planet Money

Comparing Law School Rankings? Read The Fine Print

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

When students go to law school, they make a bunch of calculations. A big one is cost: top schools charge more than $50,000 a year, and graduate-student debt is on the rise. Another key calculation: The likelihood of getting a good job after graduation.

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3:24am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Changing Lives Of Women

IMF's Lagarde: Women In Workforce Key To Healthy Economies

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:12 pm

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Brussels earlier this year. Lagarde says women are underutilized in the global economy.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

As the first woman to lead the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is among an elite group of people determining how money is saved, spent and invested worldwide.

It's not the first time she's been a "first." Lagarde was France's first female finance minister, and before that, the first woman to chair the global law firm Baker & McKenzie.

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7:04pm

Thu March 27, 2014
Code Switch

Latinos Live Longer But Struggle To Save Enough For Retirement

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 3:26 pm

Isaias Hernandez (left) counsels Paul Garcia on his finances at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation in Montebello, Calif.
Courtesy of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Many American workers find themselves financially unprepared for retirement. Among racial and ethnic groups, Latinos are the least prepared.

They're one of the fastest-growing racial or ethnic groups, and they have a longer life expectancy than whites and blacks — at about 81 years old.

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6:31pm

Thu March 27, 2014
The Changing Lives Of Women

Women And Wealth: Local To Global Money Lessons

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:39 pm

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Our Women and Wealth series will involve you, too. We're asking women to share their best lessons about earning, saving, investing or using money. The above quote comes from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. You can see more from her, and other influential women, and add your two cents at our Tumblr, She Works Her Money.
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When it comes to money, women rule. Literally.

Think about it: A woman holds the top job at the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Social Security Administration.

At the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is the managing director.

These women run large, complex organizations that decide how money is invested, budgeted, saved and spent. They shape the rules that govern the global economy.

But over on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, men still do more risk-taking.

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