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Cov-lite loans are back

Mar 29, 2010
Lyondell Chemical issued the fist covenant-lite loan since the financial crisis subsided. Senior editor Paddy Hirsch explains what a cov-lite loan is, and why their return could be bad for the economy
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A chat with Paddy

Mar 25, 2010
Thought you might like to read an interview with our very own Whiteboard editor Paddy Hirsch. He's featured at the Business Insider this week....
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Morning Reading

Mar 17, 2010
Top of the mornin' to ya. In honor of St. Patty's Day, I think we should start with Marketplace's own resident Irishman and his latest Whiteboard...
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Mar 16, 2010
Collateralized loan obligations are back! Paddy Hirsch explains what CLOs are, and why they're important.
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Repo 105

Mar 12, 2010
It's the title of a dubious financing transaction that Lehman Brothers used in 2008 to make its balance sheet look healthier than it really was. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch takes a stab at explaining how Repo 105 worked.
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Subprime: A meaty explanation

Feb 16, 2010
The Federal Housing Administration is being criticized for underwriting subprime loans, which critics say could lead to another wave of loan failures. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains subprime lending and its inherent risks.
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Feb 5, 2010
Five little PIIGS. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains why problems with certain European countries' sovereign debt could blow the house down.
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Banks not lending? Baloney

Jan 28, 2010
A Federal Reserve official said this week that "banks are still not lending." He also said access to credit remains difficult for households and...
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How the big banks make the big bucks

Jan 28, 2010
We keep hearing the banks aren't lending. The truth is they are lending, and making a lot of money doing it, thanks in large part to one very special borrower. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch reports.
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Ratings conflict

Jan 16, 2010
Ratings agencies are paid by the sellers of the securities they rate. Critics say there's a conflict of interest there. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
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Financial mysteries explained by Paddy Hirsch's Whiteboard series.