Personal finance educator Ruth Hayden joins The Daily Circuit to discuss how these competing forces affect household finances.
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MPR News reporter Annie Baxter looks at how economists use surveys to tell us about the health of the economy.
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The New York Times examines the impact of large investment firms on rising house prices.
• Stock markets rise, but half of Americans don't benefit
The New York Times' Economix blog notes that while the stock market reached new highs recently, many won't benefit since the share of Americans with stock investments "has been falling in recent years."