Hotels are joining the competition

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel operator, is taking on Airbnb with its own home-rental platform. But can it break in without cannibalizing its own business? Plus, we predict the Fed’s move on rates tomorrow and explore a new trend in corporate America: fancy bathroom renovations.

The costs of living in an oil-based economy

The number of the day is 75. Dollars, that is — it’s the price Brent crude oil passed today before settling a bit lower by the end of the day. You might have noticed higher prices at the pump this year, but gas isn’t the only thing that will get more expensive if this trend keeps up with new sanctions on Iran. We break it down. Plus: The big, nerdy business of “The Avengers” and gamer fashion.

Yeah, we made the NFL draft about stocks

To understand the NFL draft, which starts tomorrow, think of a team’s general manager as an investment manager. Both have to build a balanced portfolio and manage risk. Both sometimes pay too much for glamour instead of going for more solid, steady performers. Believe it or not, we can take this metaphor even further, which is what we do on today’s show. Plus: Ford seeks the market for an electric truck, Lululemon pushes its menswear and Helvetica gets a makeover.

We might not be headed for recession after all

Economic analysts have long warned that a recession may be on the horizon, but positive showings in retail and the stock market have some experts second-guessing that prediction. Today, we try and figure out where the economy might be headed. Plus: Why one company is fighting for more regulations and the rise of temps in the C-suite.

Who’s paying tariffs? Actually, it’s you.

A new study has found American consumers generally bear the brunt of tariff costs. Today, we look at which prices have gone up and whether the additional cost is balanced out by economic gains. Plus: The NRA’s finances and how President Trump’s new sanction threats could affect oil prices.

Fleece power vests are big business

As tech and finance businesses have loosened up their dress codes in recent years, one garment has ascended to near ubiquity: The Vest. Usually fleece, worn over casual business attire with a company logo on the right breast, the vest is a big part of the way business looks right now. Today, we look at why. Plus: Why T-Mobile wants in the banking business, and who’s really to blame for slow Brexit negotiations. 

How “The Tick” stands among the superhero giants

With the new “Avengers” movie poised to dominate screens in about a week, you’d think there wouldn’t be room for anyone else in the superhero landscape. Tell that to Ben Edlund, creator of “The Tick,” a show and character that’s found a small but lasting foothold in superhero culture. We also examine the struggles faced by regional grocery stores and how Texas factors into the discussion about immigration and the economy.

The story of the housing market in one home

For most people, buying or selling a house is the biggest single financial transaction they’ll ever make. But it’s an emotional process, too — is that thing you love about your home turning off buyers? Today, our housing reporter revisits her childhood home 30 years later and discovers just how much homeownership has changed — and stayed the same. Plus: The big business of Queen Bey and why luxury retailers are getting in the secondhand clothing business.