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Haircut: More dangerous than it sounds

Nov 8, 2011
If Greece accepts the terms of a new aid package it's expected to get a haircut on its debt. But Sr. Editor Paddy Hirsch explain why that haircut...
Posted In: explainer, Greece, greek bailout, haircut
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WHITEBOARD: Exposure -- not necessarily a bad thing

Oct 21, 2011
Most people have dark thoughts when they hear the word exposure, but exposure can be beneficial -- if it's done in moderation, as I explain in this...
Posted In: explainer, exposure, Greek debt, paddy hirsch, whiteboard
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WHITEBOARD: What do companies do with all that cash?

Sep 30, 2011
Companies are hoarding cash -- to cushion themselves if the economy worsens. But where do they keep all that money? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains
Posted In: explainer, paddy hirsch, video, whiteboard
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WHITEBOARD: What is a yield curve?

Sep 12, 2011
If you've been following what the Federal Reserve is doing with the interest rate of late, you have probably heard them talk about the yield curve...
Posted In: paddy hirsch, video, yield curve
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WHITEBOARD: Fiscal policy vs. monetary policy

Sep 5, 2011
Often conflated, often confused, fiscal and monetary policies take very different approaches to influence the economy. And they rely on two very ...
Posted In: explainer, paddy hirsch, video, whiteboard
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WHITEBOARD: The name's Bond. Eurobond.

Aug 17, 2011
James Bond is a weapon of last resort, the man you send in when diplomacy and threats have failed. Eurobond is a similar sort of chap......
Posted In: eurobond, explainer, whiteboard
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Banks Are Magic!

Aug 11, 2011
Banks are magic - they create money out of thin air. They do it for their own good, of course. But by helping themselves they're actually helping...
Posted In: explainer
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WHITEBOARD: What is a ratings agency, anyway?

Aug 7, 2011
How credit agencies work from Marketplace on Vimeo. Here's how I look at it. Imagine a house, full of medical students, none of whom have a ...
Posted In: downgrade, explainer, ratings agency
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Why the debt ceiling debate is affecting the economy

Jul 27, 2011
If the U.S. economy were an airport, the debt-ceiling debate on Capitol Hill is like a dark cloud causing flight delays, says Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch in his latest Whiteboard video
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Meet the Maes: Whiteboard explores the Mae family tree

Mar 31, 2011
Paddy Hirsch returns to the Whiteboard to explain the history of the Mae Family Tree. The fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-spo...
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, video

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When the coal layoffs trickle down

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The loaded meaning behind 'What do you do?'

A great passage from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil:

“If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, "What'...

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When being cheap isn't worth it

Every time I try to fix my bike, I make the problem worse and have to go to the bike shop anyway. It doesn't matter how many books and...

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The secret life of a food stamp

Your article makes a lot of sense. Without the help of food stamps these people that are spending money at Walmart would be on the streets,...