Rafael Nam Rafael Nam is NPR's Senior Business Editor.
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Rafael Nam

Rafael Nam

Senior Business Editor

Rafael Nam is NPR's senior business editor.

Nam is an experienced financial correspondent and editor with over two decades of experience. He has been with NPR since 2020.

He spent the bulk of his career for Reuters in Asia, starting as a stock market correspondent in Seoul, South Korea, and then moving on to Hong Kong to cover investment banking, where he often broke news on major deals. He also helped launch an online financial video unit, serving as an anchor and analyst.

Nam then led the markets and central bank teams in India. His teams reported on big stories, including a collapse of the Indian Rupee currency and the surprise government move to get rid of high-denomination currencies.

In India, he spent months investigating an insider trading scheme in Indian stock markets, His story led to regulatory investigation of traders that shook the financial sector.

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Tuesday

A strong dollar reinforces America's economic might and helps bring down inflation — but it also hurts exporters. Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Strong Dollar

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Trump supporters rushed to buy shares in Truth Social, and some are seeing the payoffs

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Thursday

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on May 16, 2024, when the Dow hit 40,000 points for the first time ever. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Keith Gill testifies during a virtual hearing on GameStop before the House Financial Services Committee on Feb. 18, 2021. GameStop shares surged on Monday after a new X post by Gill. House Financial Services Committee via AP/House Financial Services Committee hide caption

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A demonstrator protests outside the encampment established in support of Palestinians in Gaza at Columbia University on April 29, 2024. Columbia protesters are demanding their university sell off investments in a number of companies with business ties to Israel. Alex Kent/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Former President Trump is set to receive 36 million additional shares in his social media company, providing him with a windfall of more than $1 billion. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

It's been an up and down week for Trump's DJT stock

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A big event is about to happen in the world of bitcoin: It's called the halving

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Tuesday

Bitcoin has just experienced a quadrennial event called the halving. It comes at a time when the digital currency was already surging. Dale De La Rey/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A woman has received a death sentence in the largest fraud trial in Vietnam's history

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Wednesday

A customer shops at a grocery store in Chicago on Feb. 13, 2024. Annual inflation has eased significantly since two years ago but it has remained stubbornly above 3% this year. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Why beating inflation is turning out to be as hard as losing weight

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Inflation has been easing but not as quickly as consumers and the Fed would like

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Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried arrives for a bail hearing at Manhattan Federal Court in New York City on Aug. 11, 2023. Bankman-Fried was sentenced on Thursday to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of fraud last year. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison for his FTX crimes

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Ex-crypto king Sam Bankman-Fried will be sentenced for defrauding FTX investors

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Tuesday

News of Trump Media & Technology Group public trading is seen on television screens at the Nasdaq Marketplace on March 26, 2024 in New York City. At one point, the company was valued at over $9 billion after trading began. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Former President Trump's social media company is set to start trading in stock markets on Tuesday. He stands to earn billions of dollars. Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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