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Aug 28, 2012
Help us break down complex financial topics into easy-to-understand analogies. Post a comment suggesting the topic of our next Whiteboard video and you could win a signed copy of Paddy Hirsch's new book "Man vs. Markets"
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Explaining what blind trust is with sausages

Aug 17, 2012
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he put his investments in a blind trust to avoid any conflict of interest. So what exactly is a blind trust? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a sausage factory analogy.
Posted In: Investing, blind trust, Mitt Romney

What's a floating-rate note and how does it work?

Aug 6, 2012
The Treasury Department is planning to roll out a floating-rate note program in about a year. But what is a floating-rate note and why do we need one? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a boat analogy.
Posted In: Treasuries, interest rates, floating-rate, Investing

Eurobond: An explainer

Jul 10, 2012
What exactly is a Eurobond and why are so many people interested in having them? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a little help from the three little pigs.
Posted In: eurobond, explainer

Explaining the Fed's 'Operation Twist' with diamonds

Jun 26, 2012
The Federal Reserve's most recent policy move is simply a way of driving down interest rates. But how does it work? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains Operation Twist with a simple analogy.
Posted In: Fed, treasury, Operation Twist, Federal Reserve, Treasuries, interest rates

Why is Spain causing so much pain?

Jun 20, 2012
Spain's debt costs are rising and some fear the nation may soon need a full-scale bailout. Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains the big problem with Spain, using a housing analogy.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis, Eurozone

Why a bank run is bad

Jun 1, 2012
A bank run occurs when customers run down to the bank and demand their money back. So, why can't the bank just return the cash? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains using a human heart analogy.
Posted In: bank, Banks, Europe debt crisis, FDIC, Lehman Brothers, bank run

What's an index of credit default swaps?

May 11, 2012
Big bets on an obscure index lay at the heart of JPMorgan's losses this week. Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains how an index of CDS works.
Posted In: credit default swaps, index, JPMorgan

Assets: What are they anyway?

May 9, 2012
Surely you've heard the term assets -- they can be toxic, liquid, or tangible. Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains what the word “assets” really means.
Posted In: assets

FDIC spells a good, sound sleep for savers

Apr 26, 2012
Seventeen banks have failed so far this year, but their customers can rest easy -- thanks to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: FDIC, Banks, small banks, failure, insurance

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Financial mysteries explained! Watch the latest video explaining capital adequacy requirements in Paddy Hirsch's Whiteboard series.