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Write-downs

Feb 10, 2009
As markets have deteriorated, "write-downs" have figured prominently in more and more corporate reports. What are write-downs all about? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: Earnings
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Mark to market

Jan 30, 2009
There's a debate in financial circles over whether banks are unfairly penalized by the requirement that they "mark to market" their holdings. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what that term means.
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Toxic assets

Jan 21, 2009
If you've been following the problems encountered by the banks, you've probably come across the phrase "toxic assets." They've poisoned banks' balance sheets and brought them to the brink of failure. But what is a toxic asset, exactly? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: toxic, assets
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Why 'bad banks' might be a good thing

Jan 13, 2009
Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's latest plan to get the economy moving -- and the risk involved.
Posted In: Banks
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Getting naked in short selling

Jan 1, 2009
The practice of short selling has been blamed for the collapse of several major companies' shares during the financial crisis. What is short selling? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
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Quantitative easing

Dec 22, 2008
Now the Federal Reserve has effectively cut the target lending rate to zero, it only has one more weapon in its arsenal. Quantitative easing. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what this "nuclear option" it is, and what the Fed hopes it'll do.
Posted In: quantitative easing
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A look inside hedge funds

Dec 15, 2008
Hedge funds used to occupy a dark, undisturbed corner of the financial world, but over the last year they've been thrown under the spotlight. Still, many people don't know exactly what hedge funds are, or what hedging actually means. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: hedge funds
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Leveraging and deleveraging

Dec 8, 2008
Leveraging -- or borrowing -- has been cited as one of the contributors to the financial crisis. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how the move to deleverage -- or reduce debt -- is prompting wild market swings and concerns about deflation
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Why 'Fallout' for the financial crisis?

Nov 26, 2008
The meltdown of the credit and mortage markets will inflict damaging effects upon our economic future that we may not anticipate -- much like the fallout from a nuclear explosion. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains why Marketplace is using the term in its coverage.
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How credit cards become asset-backed bonds

Nov 25, 2008
Mortgages aren't the only financial instruments that get turned into securities. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how companies make money by buying credit card debt and bundling it.
Posted In: Credit Cards

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