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Explaining proprietary trading and its risks

Feb 23, 2012
Prop trading, as it’s called on Wall Street, is the target of the Volcker Rule, a centerpiece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act. Marketplace’s Paddy Hirsch explains what proprietary trading is, and why it’s potentially dangerous for our savings and the financial system.
Posted In: proprietary trading, Volcker Rule, Jamie Dimon, Banks

What’s an IPO?

Feb 2, 2012
So Facebook has filed to go public. How exactly does an initial public offering work? Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO, stocks

What's the difference: Secured vs. unsecured bonds

Jan 26, 2012
Learn the difference between secured and unsecured debt -- a lesson that Irish taxpayers could use as they face the prospect of footing the bill for the bailout of state-owned Anglo Irish Bank.
Posted In: bonds, Investing, Ireland

Private equity explained

Jan 13, 2012
Private equity funds are groups of investors that flip companies for a profit. It’s the technique they use that makes them special, as senior producer Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: private equity, investment

Re-hypothecation: How it's related to MF Global

Jan 4, 2012
If ever there was a word that you’d expect to find in a Harry Potter novel, it’s re-hypothecation. But it's not just a magic trick.
Posted In: MF Global

What is a junk bond?

Dec 16, 2011
Junk. Not a nice word. And when it comes to bonds, not a particularly accurate word, either. Junk is something useless, right? Well, "junk" bonds are definitely not useless. In fact they're extremely useful. Sometimes. Marketplace Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch explains what a junk bond really is.
Posted In: junk bonds, bonds

Why does the EU want U.S. dollars?

Dec 2, 2011
Marketplace Money Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch explains why Europe needs dollars instead of euros as the EU tries to sort out its financial problems.
Posted In: EU, Eurozone, dollar, Europe debt crisis, European Central Bank

Ring-fencing Italy

Nov 29, 2011
There's been a lot of talk recently about the need to ring-fence certain economies in Europe. These aren't the economies that have defaulted or been bailed out; these are the economies that are too big to fail. Italy is the most glaring example.
Posted In: whiteboard, Europe debt crisis, Eurozone, italy

The root of Italy's problems

Nov 14, 2011
Berlusconi may be gone, but Italia's problems persists. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how Italy got into the mess it's in today.
Posted In: debt, italy, bonds, default, Berlusconi, Monte, credit, euro, Eurozone

Why seven percent may not be such a big deal

Nov 11, 2011
When you climb very high mountains, at about 26,000 feet you enter the Death Zone. At that altitude, there's simply not enough oxygen in the air to...

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About this collection

In this special feature from The Whiteboard video series, Sr. Editor Paddy Hirsch teams up with illustrator and journalist Dan Archer to tell the story of the financial collapse from the fall of Bear Stearns through the financial collapse into 2009. Watch the video introduction and click through the six chapter links on the right to read the full story in comic book format.