The inventory of homes for sale is startlingly low. The pandemic is part of the reason, but it’s not the whole story.
And the ones you may want to avoid.
A fast-growing market for digital art, ephemera and media is marrying the world’s taste for collectibles with cutting-edge technology.
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.
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.
Corey Quinn has made it his business to understand Amazon’s cloud-computing charges and have some fun at the company’s expense.
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.
Many countries use independent review boards to balance innovation and profit.
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.
Hospitals use century-old lien laws to bypass insurers and charge patients, especially poorer ones, the full amount.
The frenzy for the troubled retailer’s stock has been a headscratcher for the analysts who try to determine a company’s value.
Most colleges and universities now use a “merit” aid strategy to solicit teenagers. Your eighth grader probably ought to know how it works.
Sponsors have long paid players to compete in tournaments, but that money has become more important to get players to travel during the pandemic.
The small South American country has become a hot prospect for oil companies looking to produce fossil fuels while spending less.
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.
Some analogies can help in assessing the risks: a yo-yo, hungry bears, a sloshing bathtub and a reflating balloon.
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.
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.
Efforts to solve the common consumer problem had been stalled by lobbying pressure and legislative squabbles.
But the price difference is negligible considering the enormous economic consequences of the pandemic.
“It is the American health care system, so there are bound to be loopholes.”
New York’s transportation agency is expected to pass a stopgap budget that omits the draconian cuts transit officials have threatened in recent months.
High fees are cutting already thin margins to the bone.
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.
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.
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.
One long-lasting result of the pandemic may be innovations that make home buying faster.
Have a list, a budget and some patience.
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.
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.
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.
Get tested at a public facility. Question what services are being provided. And know your rights under federal law.
A new study shows that more than half of enrollees don’t review or compare their coverage options annually.
It’s open enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who needs insurance for next year can pick a plan now.
Patients say a Connecticut physician took advantage of the pandemic with “super Covid tests” and $480 follow-up phone calls.
A surprise charge that can take advantage of vulnerable people and possibly violate consumer protection laws.
Benchmark bottles were always a splurge. But an increasing concentration of wealth has put them out of reach for all but the richest connoisseurs.
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.
Even for those with insurance, surprise bills for things not covered can add up fast.
Apple and Google have a virtual monopoly on distributing mobile apps — that’s bad for competition.
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.
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.
Intermediaries are finding labs with capacity for companies seeking to make sure workers are virus-free. But many employers choose to avoid the cost.
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.
Congress sought to ensure that patients would not face costs connected to the virus. But rules are not always being followed.
Eager to avoid public transit and Uber, and to save money, buyers are emptying dealerships.
While government statistics say inflation is low, the reality is that the cost of living has risen during the pandemic, especially for poorer Americans.
Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, has railed against tech power. “The market is out of control,” he said.
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.
It depends who’s selling. As some artists release records that feel like footnotes to bigger businesses, others double down on their value.