Jim Zarroli http://wgcu.org en After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress http://wgcu.org/post/after-bangladesh-factory-disaster-efforts-show-mixed-progress One year ago Thursday, an eight-story factory building in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. The disaster at Rana Plaza brought new attention to safety conditions in the country's booming garment industry.<p>In the year since then, some of the world's biggest retailers have begun inspecting Bangladesh's factories more aggressively. But in other ways efforts to reform the industry have fallen short.<p>When sewing machine operator Aklima Khanam arrived at Rana Plaza on April 24, 2013, some of her coworkers were milling around outside. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 9637 at http://wgcu.org After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes http://wgcu.org/post/taking-money-overseas-round-trip-avoid-taxes Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — sending money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.<p>Recently, MIT professor Michelle Hanlon and two colleagues set out to find out all they could about round-tripping.<p>"I think it's a big problem in the U.S. tax system that individuals can evade taxes and that they try to do so offshore," Hanlon says. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 9347 at http://wgcu.org Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes With Proposed Mega-Merger On The Hill, Spotlight's On Consumers http://wgcu.org/post/proposed-mega-merger-hill-spotlights-consumers Comcast and Time Warner executives ran into stiff opposition as they pitched their proposed merger to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The deal would give the combined company a large share of both pay TV and broadband internet service markets. In both cases, lawmakers wanted to know how consumers would be affected. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 9145 at http://wgcu.org New Rules Force Big Banks To Keep A Bigger Cushion http://wgcu.org/post/new-rules-force-big-banks-keep-bigger-cushion Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Five and a half years after the financial crisis that devastated the global economy, U.S. officials are taking steps to strengthen the nation's banking system. Today, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved tough new rules that require banks to hold a lot more capital on their books. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 9103 at http://wgcu.org Traders Defend High-Speed Systems Against Charges Of Rigging http://wgcu.org/post/traders-defend-high-speed-systems-against-charges-rigging The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed this week that they're both investigating the world of high-frequency stock trading. They did so at a time when a new book on the subject, <em>Flash Boys</em> by Michael Lewis, is causing an uproar on Wall Street.<p>To read Lewis' book is to be reminded of how drastically the stock market has changed in a decade — and how opaque it remains. Lewis says this opacity serves to cover up some disturbing developments.<p>"The stock market is rigged. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 8933 at http://wgcu.org Traders Defend High-Speed Systems Against Charges Of Rigging American-Made, Haven-Kept? Congress Looks At Caterpillar's Tax Returns http://wgcu.org/post/american-made-haven-kept-congress-looks-caterpillars-tax-returns Caterpillar executives are on Capitol Hill answering questions about the company's tax returns. Caterpillar is accused of shifting money abroad to avoid billions in taxes. Company officials say Caterpillar has followed the law. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 8889 at http://wgcu.org Russia's Energy Market Heft Leaves Neighbors Unsettled http://wgcu.org/post/russias-energy-market-heft-leaves-neighbors-unsettled Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>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.<p>As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, that's making a lot of people there nervous.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Russia's oil and gas supplies are a huge part of what keeps its economy going. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 8762 at http://wgcu.org Madoff Aides Found Guilty For Role In Massive Ponzi Scheme http://wgcu.org/post/madoff-aides-found-guilty-role-massive-ponzi-scheme Five of Bernie Madoff's former employees were found guilty of helping him fleece investors of $17 billion. They were convicted on charges of securities fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 8604 at http://wgcu.org FTC Investigates Herbalife, Following Claims It's A Pyramid Scheme http://wgcu.org/post/ftc-investigates-herbalife-following-claims-its-pyramid-scheme Herbalife shares dropped on news the Federal Trade Commission is investigating the company. After shorting Herbalife's stock, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman's been lobbying politicians to investigate. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 8198 at http://wgcu.org Swiss Bank Finds Itself Under American Scrutiny http://wgcu.org/post/swiss-bank-finds-itself-under-american-scrutiny Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Top executives at one of Switzerland's biggest banks said today they're sincerely trying to prevent tax evasion by U.S. citizens. They also said conflicting laws in the two countries make it almost impossible to do that. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 7759 at http://wgcu.org Netflix Pays Comcast To Ensure Its Videos Stream Smoothly http://wgcu.org/post/netflix-pays-comcast-ensure-its-videos-stream-smoothly Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Netflix is hoping that a deal it has struck with Comcast will mollify some of its unhappy customers. The company announced yesterday that it will pay to connect Comcast's broadband network more directly. That means Netflix customers should get faster, smoother access to programs like "House of Cards." The deal could serve as a model to help the company resolve disputes with other big Internet service providers.<p>NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: With its popular video streaming service, Netflix has been growing at a dizzying speed. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 7687 at http://wgcu.org Senate Steps Into The Data Breach Controversy http://wgcu.org/post/senate-steps-data-breach-controversy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A top executive at the retail chain Target went to Capitol Hill today to try to explain the massive security breach that hit the company in December. Hackers stole personal information of tens of millions of Target customers during the holiday shopping season. The incident has underscored the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals and the vulnerability of big retailers. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 7031 at http://wgcu.org The Dow Drops Again, But What's Driving The Sell-Off? http://wgcu.org/post/dow-drops-again-whats-driving-sell Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The stock market had one of its worst days in months today after some disappointing news about manufacturing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 300 points, about two percent. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 6988 at http://wgcu.org Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher In U.S. Than Two Decades Ago http://wgcu.org/post/study-upward-mobility-no-tougher-us-two-decades-ago A new study finds that contrary to widespread belief, it's no harder to climb the economic ladder in the United States today than it was 20 years ago.<p>But the study did find that moving up that ladder is still a lot more difficult in the U.S. than in other developed countries.<p>Economists have been looking into the issue of U.S. economic mobility for a long time. But they've often been hampered by the lack of adequate data, says Gary Solon, an economics professor at Michigan State University. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:36:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 6626 at http://wgcu.org Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher In U.S. Than Two Decades Ago The Young And Restless May Cause Drama For ACA http://wgcu.org/post/young-and-restless-may-cause-drama-aca Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>After a slow start, the Affordable Care Act is now attracting customers at a healthier pace. The government said yesterday that 2.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the state and federal exchanges. But there's a serious red flag. A disproportionate number of new enrollees are middle aged or older.<p>Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli on what that means for the program and for insurers.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: About 40 percent of the people who lack health insurance in the United States are between 18 and 35. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 6343 at http://wgcu.org After Target's Data Breach, Customer Incentive Disappoints http://wgcu.org/post/after-targets-data-breach-customer-incentive-disappoints Target is trying to get back in its customers' good graces after a massive data breach affecting some 40 million credit and debit account holders. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 5726 at http://wgcu.org After Target's Data Breach, Customer Incentive Disappoints Ireland Exits Bailout Program, But Economy Still On The Mend http://wgcu.org/post/ireland-exits-bailout-program-economy-still-mend Ireland was one of the countries hardest hit by Europe's debt crisis. On Sunday, it passed a big milestone when the nation became the first country to formally exit the bailout program funded by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.<p>After three years of the bailout program, it isn't hard to find signs of improvement in Ireland and of an economy coming back from the dead.<p>"Don't get me wrong, it's been bad in a lot of ways, but there's a silver lining in every cloud," says Conor Mulhall, a 41-year-old father of three.<p>Mulhall used to be in construction management. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 23:56:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 5497 at http://wgcu.org Ireland Exits Bailout Program, But Economy Still On The Mend A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act http://wgcu.org/post/glitches-digital-insurance-forms-threaten-aca-rollout Saturday is the day the Obama administration promised it would have HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the majority of people who need to sign up for health insurance.<p>As the Obama administration scrambles to fix the glitch-plagued site, experts are beginning to worry about another problem that may further impair the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.<p>Health insurance companies say they're seeing numerous errors in a form that plays a vital part in the enrollment process. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:47:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 5011 at http://wgcu.org A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion? http://wgcu.org/post/jpmorgan-says-it-broke-no-law-so-why-pay-13-billion State and federal regulators have hailed Tuesday's <a href="http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/69520131119191246941958.pdf" target="_blank">$13 billion settlement</a> with JPMorgan Chase & Co. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 4814 at http://wgcu.org JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion? JPMorgan To Get Whale Of A Fine For Trading Losses http://wgcu.org/post/jpmorgan-get-whale-fine-trading-losses Authorities are set to slap banking giant JPMorgan Chase with a massive fine over the bank's huge trading losses in London last year, confirms NPR's Jim Zarroli.<p>Though details of the deal are still pending, several reports put the amount at more than $700 million. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 2578 at http://wgcu.org JPMorgan To Get Whale Of A Fine For Trading Losses