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The Perfect Indicator for Houston These Days: The ‘Economic Anxiety Index’

Posted on · Last week, the folks at Marketplace launched a new indicator called the "Economic Anxiety Index." It's designed to offer a snapshot of how Americans are experiencing the economy – how they feel about their personal finances and how confident they are about their ability to address any societal economic ups and downs. An economic index […]

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OPEC Calls for Lower Oil Production — What Would that Mean for Houston?

Posted on · Reuters last month reported OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, was concerned about dropping oil prices and wanted to open dialogue with member countries about cutting supply. Of course, no one wants to be the country that stops pumping first, especially in cash-strapped nations like Russia and Venezuela. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia — a […]

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Global Trade and Friday Night Lights: Thursday’s show (September 17, 2015)

Posted on · Germany is now Houston's seventh-largest foreign trading partner, with combined exports and imports at nearly $10 billion a year and rising. Hamburg is the home of Germany's largest port, while the Port of Houston is the largest in Texas — and second largest in the United States. Throughout the week, News 88.7 FM business reporter […]

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Will Houston’s Ties to the Global Economy Help it Weather Sagging Oil Prices?

Posted on · The Greater Houston Partnership Wednesday (5/27/15) held an event examining the “State of Houston's Global Economy.” With that in mind, we talk with Richard Stubbe, Houston Bureau Chief and editor on energy markets for Bloomberg News, about the latest trends we’re seeing among Houston-based companies engaged in global economic activities, including (but not limited to) […]

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Checking in On the State of Houston’s Economy

Posted on · We launch a week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about Greater Houston’s economy. We talk with News 88.7 FM business reporter Andrew Schneider about the impact of recent low oil prices on Houstonians, recent developments in construction, whether real estate remains a seller’s market, and whether Houston is as diversified as […]

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How are Low Oil Prices Affecting Houston’s Real Estate Market?

Posted on · As discussed previously on this program, the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper’s “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015” report suggests Houston is the country’s number one “market to watch” this year. So, Houston Matters will do just that, periodically, throughout 2015. It’s been a seller’s market in real estate here in Houston for […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

3D Printed Guns and Mattress Mack’s Latest Bet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From making guns with a 3D printer, to Mattress Mack’s latest promotional bet, to a surprise awaiting some female patrons in the ladies’ room at a restaurant at Surfside Beach: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts is comprised this week of: Russ Capper, founder […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Low Gas Prices, Craig Biggio and Kirby DeLauter: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this edition, we’ll turn to […]

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What Role Does China Play in Houston’s Economy?

Posted on · China is one of Houston's top trading partners. According to World Institute for Strategic Economic Research data cited in an HSBC Group/Greater Houston Partnership report, in 2013, total exports and imports combined between Houston and China were around $13.4 billion. Houston Public Media business reporter Andrew Schneider will join us to discuss how trade and […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Oil Layoffs, Holiday Travel and BBQ Blunders: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From some potential layoffs in the Houston oil and gas industry, to a bustling holiday travel season getting underway, to a journalist’s errors in an article about Texas barbecue: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news (albeit a shortened holiday week). Our panel of non-experts this week includes: […]

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How World Events Affect Houston — From Oil Prices to Personal Lives

Posted on · In an ever more connected world, events around the globe can impact our lives here in Houston in any number of ways. Take recent developments in the Middle East: they can impact us economically, in ways as obvious as the price of gasoline to more subtle impacts on industries and consumers. International events of course […]