My Published Work in the Washington Post

In the list below, you’ll find selected clips from my internship as a reporter on the financial desk of the Washington Post during the summer of 2014.

Personal Finance

Churches step in with alternative to high-interest, small-dollar lending industry

Unlike commercial lenders or other nonprofit alternatives, church-backed plans offer near-zero rates. | 01.09.15

Irrational actors: Americans ignore Social Security rules when remarrying

Social Security can be an economic penalty to remarry before you turn 60. But love is blind to dollars. | 07.21.14

The Global Economy

With Africa’s private sector on the rise, U.S. businesses seek to expand their presence

The region’s strong economic performance is attracting attention from China and other competitors. | 08.05.14

Meet the billionaire hedge-fund manager at the center of Argentina’s default

Paul Singer has already won debt disputes with Peru and Congo-Brazzaville. Now he’s trying to get Argentina to pay up. | 07.31.14

The Airline Industry

Airfare is up, but Labor Day travelers are flying anyway

Consumers are buying air tickets even amid higher prices and stagnant disposable income growth. | 08.29.14

The airlines are making millions, but there’s no relief in sight for consumers

With investors primed to reap the rewards of a newly buoyant airline industry, there is no sign that consumers would see any financial benefits. | 07.28.14

Wall Street

Amid rising geopolitical turmoil, investors may be feeling risk-averse

The stock market is showing volatility, while demand for low-risk government bonds is up. | 08.08.14

SEC head advocates bond market reforms

The proposed rules are designed to improve transparency and help investors get better prices. | 06.20.14

Why stock markets keep shrugging off crisis after crisis

Turmoil abroad? Uncertainty at home? Wall Street doesn’t seem to care. | 06.19.14

Retail

For an evolving GE, consumer products are not a priority

GE wants to shed its appliances business as it grows increasingly distant from U.S. consumers’ lives. | 08.15.14

Wal-Mart finds bright spot in its small-scale stores, e-commerce

As the U.S. division struggles overall, its small-scale neighborhood stores and e-commerce sales are thriving. | 08.14.14

With consumers still cautious, July retail sales stay flat

Though they marked an improvement compared to July of last year, the figures marked the retail industry’s worst performance since bad weather kept shoppers home in January. | 08.13.14

In a surprising move, Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar, creating a retail giant with 13,000 stores and $18 billion in sales. | 07.28.14

With business hurting, Wal-Mart replaces its U.S. chief

Bill Simon has led over a decline in the company’s U.S. division as it faced tougher competition from online and discount retailers. | 07.24.14

The U.S. Export-Import Bank

These are the companies with the most to lose from the Ex-Im Bank battle

Boeing, GE, Caterpillar and a New Jersey-based food product distributor make our list. | 07.01.14

The Ex-Im Bank battle is personal for these small business owners

Companies in the district of Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) are joining the fray over the export credit agency’s future. | 06.27.14

U.S. Export-Import Bank chief faces heat from Republicans in House hearing

The export-credit agency faces a tough reauthorization battle from some Republicans on House panel. | 06.25.14

How a once-obscure agency is dividing the GOP over ‘corporate welfare’

Conservative opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank took a serious turn this week with reports that former bank officials were under investigation for accepting gifts and kickbacks. | 06.25.14

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