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Need protection? Consider a collar!

Jul 1, 2014
A collar is a trading strategy that protects your investment, but limits your upside.
Posted In: collar, explainer, whiteboard

Why bank loans are getting riskier

Jun 26, 2014
Banks are relaxing the terms in their loans. And that makes them riskier.
Posted In: covenants, cov-lite loans, OOC

Explaining the stock split: Some financial gymnastics

Jun 24, 2014
In the end, stock splits are all about making shares more appealing to investors.
Posted In: stock split, apple

The difference between debt and deficit: An explainer

Jun 10, 2014
A lot of people confuse the words debt and deficit. They're not quite the same.
Posted In: debt, deficit, U.S. debt

Singapore's got some big retirement issues

Jun 3, 2014
Social security fears in one of the world's most rigorously-controlled economies.
Posted In: singapore, Social Security

What the heck does ETF stand for? An explainer

May 27, 2014
Why investing in ETFs can be like playing with fire.
Posted In: ETFs, explainer

Opportunity cost and the home

May 20, 2014
Opportunity cost isn't just for economists; it's for real people, too!
Posted In: DIY

Harvard's Kennedy School denies 'privilege class' story

May 14, 2014
They say the media has been disseminating false information.
Posted In: harvard, privilege

Harvard's Kennedy School denies 'privilege' class story

The Harvard Kennedy School responded to reports that it has created an orientation class on "power and privilege" with a flat denial.

Doug Gavel, the school's Associate Director for Media Relations, told Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman that there is "false information in the media" about a class that administrators at the school were reported to have committed to scheduling for first-year students. Several media outlets picked up the story, first reported in New York Magazine's "The Cut" that, "In response to growing demand from student activists, administrators committed Friday to adding a class in power and privilege to its orientation program for incoming first-year students."

The story comes in the wake of a controversial essay on privilege written by a student at Princeton earlier this month. 

Here's the text of Gavel's email to Mitchell:

There appears to be false information in the media being conveyed by reporters who have not contacted Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) officials to verify the accuracy of the information.  Contrary to one article that has been picked up by others, the school is not planning to offer classes, coursework, or sessions devoted specifically to "power and privilege."  The school currently offers a number of opportunities for students to discuss and learn about issues of diversity.  Learning to have constructive conversations in the context of differences in race, gender, cultural background, political viewpoints and many other perspectives is important in any graduate school, particularly one dedicated to preparing its students to be effective leaders and policymakers. HKS examines opportunities offered to students to engage in these discussions, regularly assessing their effectiveness and value.  We look forward to continuing to work with our faculty and students to provide the most valuable learning opportunities in this area. 


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May 14, 2014

Explainer: Why dollar cost averaging is stupid smart

May 13, 2014
When it comes to investing: keep it simple, stupid.
Posted In: dollar cost averaging

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Marketplace coverage of Europe's debt crisis and how it's affecting the U.S. and world markets.