Stacey Vanek Smith, NPR News

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The U.S. dollar conquered the world. Is it at risk of losing its top spot?

The dollar has helped make the U.S. the most economically powerful country for most of the last century, but other countries – including rivals like China – have the greenback on their sights.
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So would a U.S. default really be that bad? Yes. And here’s why.

As the debt ceiling debate comes down to the wire, here is a look at some of the potential consequences if the U.S. defaults on its debt for the first time in history.
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Credit Card Nation: How we went from record savings to record debt in just two years

Millennials have seen their debt rise by nearly 30% since before the pandemic, to about $3.8 trillion, despite falling to near-record lows in 2021.
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20,000 roses, inflation and night terrors: the life of a florist on Valentine’s Day

It's the biggest day of the year for the $8 billion global flower industry, but it's not all that profitable. Why? Blame the roses.
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The cutting edge solution to rising debt? Paying in cash

2022 has been a rough year for America's personal finances. That's sparked a throwback movement among some young debtors: all cash, all the time.
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The mystery of rising prices: Are greedy corporations to blame for inflation?

Everyone agrees inflation is happening. What they don't agree on is whodunit.

You can run, but you can’t hide: Inflation is busting budgets, and killing joy too

Inflation is hitting Americans hard at home with prices soaring for electricity, groceries, rent, even breakfast. A carton of eggs is 30.5% more expensive than it was last year.