Where Have All the Houses Gone?

The inventory of homes for sale is startlingly low. The pandemic is part of the reason, but it’s not the whole story.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreclosures, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states

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The Best States for Retirement in 2021

And the ones you may want to avoid.

#elderly, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement

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Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000

A fast-growing market for digital art, ephemera and media is marrying the world’s taste for collectibles with cutting-edge technology.

#andreessen-horowitz, #andreessen-marc-l, #bitcoin-currency, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #cuban-mark, #gemini-trust-co-llc, #horowitz-ben, #lohan-lindsay, #music, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #venture-capital, #vine-labs-inc, #virtual-currency

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His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

After a public outcry from people like Scott Willoughby, whose exorbitant electric bill is soon due, Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers should ensure Texans “do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills” caused by the storm.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #electric-light-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-citizen, #texas

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A New Era of Million Dollar Sports Trading Cards Is Here

As prices soar in the high-end collectibles market, cards of stars like LeBron James and Mike Trout are in the same discussion as those of Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle.

#auctions, #baseball, #basketball, #collectors-and-collections, #davis-aaron-collector, #goldin-auctions, #gretzky-wayne, #heritage-auctions, #james-lebron, #mantle-mickey, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trading-cards, #trout-mike

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This Cloud Computing Billing Expert Is Very Funny. Seriously.

Corey Quinn has made it his business to understand Amazon’s cloud-computing charges and have some fun at the company’s expense.

#amazon-com-inc, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #university-of-maine

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How a Minimum-Wage Increase Is Being Felt in a Low-Wage City

Is $15 an hour too much, or not enough? Fresno, Calif., may be a laboratory for a debate over the minimum wage that is heating up on the national level.

#california, #fresno-calif, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #restaurants, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Drug Prices by Committee: One Way Biden Could Lower Costs

Many countries use independent review boards to balance innovation and profit.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #innovation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After a Bruising Year, the Oil Industry Confronts a Diminished Future

Big oil companies lost billions in 2020 because of the pandemic and face broad questions about how they will adapt to climate change and regulations.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bp-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #exxon-mobil-corp, #fuel-efficiency, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #looney-bernard-1970, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states, #woods-darren-w-1965

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How Rich Hospitals Profit From Patients in Car Crashes

Hospitals use century-old lien laws to bypass insurers and charge patients, especially poorer ones, the full amount.

#community-health-systems-inc, #compensation-for-damages-law, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #medicaid, #parkview-health, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-mary-hospital-fredericksburg-va, #wellstar-health-system

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What Is GameStop, the Company, Really Worth? Does It Matter?

The frenzy for the troubled retailer’s stock has been a headscratcher for the analysts who try to determine a company’s value.

#company-reports, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #gamestop-corporation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail, #short-selling, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

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Financial Aid: Grades, Merit and Talking to Kids About Paying for College

Most colleges and universities now use a “merit” aid strategy to solicit teenagers. Your eighth grader probably ought to know how it works.

#admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #discount-selling, #education-k-12, #financial-aid-education, #grading-of-students, #parenting, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #the-price-you-pay-for-college-an-entirely-new-road-map-for-the-biggest-financial-decision-your-family-will-ever-make-book, #tuition

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For Elite Golfers, Money Talks

Sponsors have long paid players to compete in tournaments, but that money has become more important to get players to travel during the pandemic.

#advertising-and-marketing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #golf, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #spence-craig-1974

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Suriname Could Be Latest Big Oil Find as Industry Cuts Costs

The small South American country has become a hot prospect for oil companies looking to produce fossil fuels while spending less.

#apache-corp, #brazil, #drilling-and-boring, #exxon-mobil-corp, #guyana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #petronas-petroliam-nasional-berhad, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #production, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #south-america, #suriname, #total-sa

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N.Y.C. Transit Postpones 4% Fare Hike, Hoping for Federal Rescue

The cash-strapped agency is delaying the increase amid pressure from advocates and elected officials who say the change would hurt essential and low-wage workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #riders-alliance, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #subways

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Is Inflation About to Take Off? That’s the Wrong Question

Some analogies can help in assessing the risks: a yo-yo, hungry bears, a sloshing bathtub and a reflating balloon.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-economy

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Will an Overdraft Negative Bank Balance Impact Your Stimulus Check?

Banks have the power to decide whether to let overdrawn customers gain access to the stimulus money being deposited into their accounts, but they have taken different approaches.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stimulus-economic

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Why Ambulances Are Exempt From the Surprise-Billing Ban

The welter of providers, layers of state and local regulation, and lack of information about costs made lawmakers hesitant to take up the issue. But that may change.

#ambulances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Surprise Medical Bills Cost Americans Millions. Congress Is Finally Set to Ban Most of Them.

Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #senate

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A European Official Reveals a Secret: The U.S. Is Paying More for Coronavirus Vaccines

But the price difference is negligible considering the enormous economic consequences of the pandemic.

#biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #pfizer-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Vaccines Are Supposed to Be Free. Surprise Bills Could Happen Anyway.

“It is the American health care system, so there are bound to be loopholes.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Counting on Biden, M.T.A. Shifts From Doomsday Budget to a Wishful One

New York’s transportation agency is expected to pass a stopgap budget that omits the draconian cuts transit officials have threatened in recent months.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #foye-patrick-j, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #reinvent-albany, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems

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Apps Are Helping to Gut the Restaurant Industry

High fees are cutting already thin margins to the bone.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #postmates-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #restaurants, #uber-eats

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Who’s Behind the Fight Between Warner Bros. and Hollywood? It’s AT&T

The town is mad about the studio’s decision to put movies on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time. But with a telecom giant running an entertainment company, things were bound to get weird.

#att-inc, #box-office-sales, #hbo-max, #kilar-jason, #movies, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #warner-media-llc

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Big Push Into Helium Could Have the World on Russia’s String

It’s not just party balloons. A huge Siberian production plant is expected to reshape the market for a gas that’s essential to many critical industries.

#bureau-of-land-management, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gazprom, #helium, #moscow-russia, #natural-gas, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #refineries, #russia, #siberia

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Chick-fil-A Accuses Poultry Suppliers of Price Fixing

The fast-food chain has named Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and other producers in a lawsuit, which carries the latest allegations of price fixing in the industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #chick-fil-a, #fast-food-industry, #perdue-farms-inc, #pilgrims-pride-corp, #poultry, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sanderson-farms-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tyson-foods-inc

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Explaining the Frenzy in the Housing Market

One long-lasting result of the pandemic may be innovations that make home buying faster.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #innovation, #interest-rates, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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How Not to Overspend This Black Friday

Have a list, a budget and some patience.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #content-type-service, #e-commerce, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail

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What the M.T.A.’s ‘Doomsday’ Cuts Would Actually Look Like

The New York transit agency has threatened to slash subway and bus service by 40 percent if it doesn’t receive federal aid. What could really happen is a bit more complicated.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #subways, #transit-systems

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A Final Try by Trump to Cut Drug Prices May Stumble in Court

A new rule would base the price Medicare pays for certain drugs on the lowest price paid among similar countries. But a rushed process means legal challenges are likely.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j

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The Perilous State of the Subways: 5 Takeaways

A doomsday plan could slash subway service by 40 percent, eliminate bus routes and cut jobs if the M.T.A. doesn’t get billions in federal aid.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #schumer-charles-e, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #transit-systems, #transit-workers-union, #transportation

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How to Avoid a Surprise Bill for Your Coronavirus Test

Get tested at a public facility. Question what services are being provided. And know your rights under federal law.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical, #united-states

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Medicare’s Choices Have Grown, but Many Americans Don’t Review Options

A new study shows that more than half of enrollees don’t review or compare their coverage options annually.

#content-type-service, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #kaiser-family-foundation, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #retirement, #united-states

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Now’s the Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance. Here’s How.

It’s open enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who needs insurance for next year can pick a plan now.

#content-type-service, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #healthcare-gov, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

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These Towns Trusted a Doctor to Set Up Covid Testing. Sample Patient Fee: $1,944.

Patients say a Connecticut physician took advantage of the pandemic with “super Covid tests” and $480 follow-up phone calls.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #murphy-dr-steven, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

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A New Item on Your Medical Bill: The ‘Covid’ Fee

A surprise charge that can take advantage of vulnerable people and possibly violate consumer protection laws.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #teeth-and-dentistry

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How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Benchmark bottles were always a splurge. But an increasing concentration of wealth has put them out of reach for all but the richest connoisseurs.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bordeaux-france, #burgundy-france, #champagne-wine, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #wines

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Oil Industry Turns to Mergers and Acquisitions to Survive

With the price of a barrel stuck around $40 and no recovery in sight, companies are combining to cut costs and ride out the pandemic.

#chevron-corporation, #concho-resources-inc, #conocophillips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #devon-energy-corporation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #natural-gas, #noble-energy-inc, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #permian-basin-north-america, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shale, #stocks-and-bonds, #texas, #wpx-energy-inc

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How Much Would Trump’s Coronavirus Treatment Cost Most Americans?

Even for those with insurance, surprise bills for things not covered can add up fast.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j

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Free the Apps!

Apple and Google have a virtual monopoly on distributing mobile apps — that’s bad for competition.

#android-operating-system, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #epic-games, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #smartphones, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sweeney-tim-1970

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Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan.

#finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rand-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Help! My Very Direct Flight Added a Stop and So Many More Passengers

Sarah Firshein tries to resolve how a nonstop with seat selection became a packed “split flight,” with concerns over proper cleaning and an arrival two hours later than expected.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #allegiant-air, #american-airlines, #content-type-service, #delta-air-lines-inc, #flint-mich, #international-air-transport-assn, #orlando-fla, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rebates-and-refunds, #transportation-security-administration, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

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How Companies Are Getting Speedy Coronavirus Tests for Employees

Intermediaries are finding labs with capacity for companies seeking to make sure workers are virus-free. But many employers choose to avoid the cost.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #medicine-and-health, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Trump Issues Expansive Order Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices

The order expands on a presidential promise by trying to reduce the prices Medicare pays for prescription drugs, but experts said it was unclear whether the White House could carry out the directive.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Tests Are Supposed to Be Free. The Surprise Bills Come Anyway.

Congress sought to ensure that patients would not face costs connected to the virus. But rules are not always being followed.

#consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #tests-medical

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Looking to Buy a Used Car in the Pandemic? So Is Everyone Else

Eager to avoid public transit and Uber, and to save money, buyers are emptying dealerships.

#advertising-and-marketing, #automobiles, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #used-cars

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Inflation Is Higher Than the Numbers Say

While government statistics say inflation is low, the reality is that the cost of living has risen during the pandemic, especially for poorer Americans.

#bureau-of-labor-statistics, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #delivery-services, #discount-selling, #discrimination, #e-commerce, #harvard-university, #inflation-economics, #instacart, #klenow-peter, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantines, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #social-security-us, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #university-of-michigan

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To Fight Apple and Google’s Grip, Fortnite Creator Mounts a Crusade

Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, has railed against tech power. “The market is out of control,” he said.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #google-play, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tim-sweeney

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Trump Keeps Promoting a Drug Order That No One Has Seen

The president’s campaign has made his efforts to lower prescription drug prices a centerpiece of his re-election pitch, but the executive order remains unseen.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #international-trade-and-world-market, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Much Is an Album Worth in 2020: $3.49? $77? $1,000? Maybe $0

It depends who’s selling. As some artists release records that feel like footnotes to bigger businesses, others double down on their value.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #ferreira-rory-rap-ferreira, #music, #nipsey-hussle-1985-2019, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #radiohead-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #run-the-jewels-music-group, #wu-tang-clan

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