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VIDEO: A history of wealth and lifespan visualized

Jan 26, 2011
Special thanks to LA comedian and Office star Rainn Wilson for pointing us to this amazing video explainer from the BBC via his hilarious Twitt...
Posted In: explainer, history, visualization, world economy

Spotting a double-dip recession

Jan 18, 2011
While fears of a double-dip recession have receded in the U.S. for now, there's still some talk about a double-dip recession striking other markets around the world. Paddy Hirsch explains what a double dip is, and what it might look like.
Posted In: recession, double-dip

The ideal explainer

Jan 12, 2011
Tristan Harris of Apture asked me an interesting question yesterday: what makes a good explainer?...
Posted In: explainer

Reader Question: Bonds, yields, and Hershey bars

Dec 9, 2010
A Whiteboard watcher wrote in this week, saying she watched the Whiteboard video on the Fed buying bonds (Uncle Ben Goes Shopping), but still wasn...
Posted In: bonds, The Fed, yields

Enlightenment, anyone?

Dec 7, 2010
I love the way good ideas sometimes seem to just float around, waiting to be pulled down and prototyped. I pitched my "explainer archive" to the...
Posted In: explainer, ProPublica

VIDEO: Quantitative Easing Explained

Nov 16, 2010
What does that mean? What does that mean? What does that mean? QE2 explained. Sort of! Created by: Omid Malekan
Posted In: quantitative easing, video

Uncle Ben goes shopping

Oct 7, 2010
The Federal Reserve is trying to stimulate the economy by buying billions of dollars worth of bonds from banks. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how that's supposed to work.
Posted In: Federal Reserve

A little help here, please

Oct 6, 2010
So, I've been racking my brain to find a good and simple way to explain the relationship between the Fed and the Treasury. And it turns out I may...
Posted In: The Fed, treasury

Why the Fed is buying back Treasuries and how that helps

Sep 1, 2010
Here's an email I got earllier this week:...
Posted In: stimulus, The Fed, Treasuries

Beware the carry trade!

Aug 6, 2010
With interest rates in the U.S. at historic lows, some economists are worried that Americans involved in the carry trade could drive down the value of the dollar. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how the carry trade works, and why some people are worried about its return to the markets.
Posted In: dollar, interest rates

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