Bill Brancaccio

Three Market Takeaways from the First Presidential Debate

The first presidential debate is now in the books, with two more (maybe) ahead and a vice presidential debate on October 7. The debate was raucous, occasionally uncouth, and more than a little surreal for viewers at home. But did anything happen that could potentially move markets? Probably not. “Despite the chaos, viewers probably came …

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College Loan Confusion

College Loan Confusion College students have steep learning curves. In high school, they were tasked with doing well academically, participating in extracurricular activities, complying with the rules of their parents’ homes and, possibly, having a job. At college, they must decide what to study, how many credits to take, and other important decisions, while adapting …

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Should I Retire Early?

Americans are choosing to retire early. Economists Olivier Coibion, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, and Michael Weber associated with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) have been comparing data gathered in January and April 2020 to learn how labor markets were affected by the crisis.1 They shared their work in Labor Markets During the COVID-19 Crisis: A Preliminary …

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