Economics & Economy

To sell his tax plan, President Donald Trump is trying a send message to ordinary Americans: that cutting corporate taxes will benefit you too. Speaking in Pennsylvania last week, Trump claimed that his current proposal — which calls for lowering corporate taxes from 35 percent to 20 percent and which allows companies to bring back overseas money at a low tax rate — will actually translate into a $4,000 pay raise for a typical American household.

Getting more women into coding, one girl at a time

Oct 18, 2017

Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code after running for Congress ... and losing. During her campaign, she toured a number of computer science classrooms and was puzzled at how rare it was to find women taking those courses. So she launched Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that introduces middle school and high school-aged girls to coding through after school clubs and summer programs.

What China's party congress means for the average Joe

Oct 18, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the 19th Communist Party Congress today in Beijing, delivering a more than three-hour speech. The party congress itself may be tough to decipher for many around the world, so Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal sat down with Marketplace Shanghai correspondent Jennifer Pak to discuss what the meeting of Communist Party heavyweights means for the average person on the street. 

Trump to pick the next Federal Reserve chair

Oct 18, 2017

President Donald Trump confirmed to reporters in the Rose Garden that he has narrowed his search for the next Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to five candidates. Trump said yesterday that he “likes them all” and will decide within a “fairly short period of time” who his pick will be.

Janet Yellen’s term as Fed chair ends on February 3, 2018.

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked to Ben White, chief economics correspondent at Politico about Trump’s Fed Chairman pick.

The stock market has been on quite a run since the election. The workings of the Federal Reserve have indeed had an impact on the economy, investors and companies. But recent comments from the Treasury secretary suggest that continued stock successes hinge on tax reform. Most Wall Street analysts will tell you something quite different.

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