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Shadow banking: Still a threat

Apr 16, 2012
Shadow banking has grown since the financial crisis. Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch casts a light on the system and explains why it's so dangerous.
Posted In: shadow banking, Banks, banking, whiteboard

The role of a fiduciary

Mar 22, 2012
Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains the responsibilities of a fiduciary with a taxi metaphor.
Posted In: fiduciary, Investing, assets, whiteboard

Explaining insider trading

Mar 8, 2012
Lawmakers are considering yet another bill to ban insider trading. But the term "insider trading" seems open to interpretation. Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch helps us understand what it is and why it's a big deal.
Posted In: insider trading, Wall Street, traders, whiteboard

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, whiteboard

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, whiteboard

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, whiteboard

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, whiteboard

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, whiteboard

How junk bonds are like junk yards

Jan 3, 2012
Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains why high-yield bonds are just as risky as used auto parts.
Posted In: bonds, junk bonds, whiteboard

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, whiteboard

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Financial mysteries explained by Paddy Hirsch's Whiteboard series.