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Fabrice Tourre's trial: The fabulous translation

Jul 16, 2013
A former Goldman Sachs trader known as "Fabulous Fab" has been found liable in a mortgage securities fraud case. During the case, a judge asked to ban jargon. But because bankers aren't able to resist -- and for your own knowledge -- here's a primer to help.
Posted In: Fabrice Tourre, Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein

So what is LIBOR, exactly?

Jul 9, 2013
The London Interbank Offered Rate, explained.
Posted In: LIBOR, libor scandal

You need to care about China's credit crunch: Here's why

Jun 24, 2013
China's tightening up on its lenders, and that might slow the country down a big. That shouldn't be too much a problem for the rest of us, right?
Posted In: China, Banks, credit crunch

Kids' crazy sports costs offer tax perks

Jun 21, 2013
A listener responds to our conversation about expensive sports programs for kids.
Posted In: Taxes, consumed, sustainability

Bernanke's tape: Who's afraid of rising rates?

Jun 20, 2013
Fed chair Ben Bernanke says rising interest rates are a good thing. But good for whom, exactly?
Posted In: QE2, Bernanke, taper

Opportunity cost: A simple Whiteboard explainer

Jun 13, 2013
Economists love to use the term "opportunity cost." In fact, you've probably heard it before. But what is it exactly? Senior producer and Whiteboard expert Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: opportunity, opportunity cost, consumer

About face on the home front: Interest rates spike

May 29, 2013
For a moment there, things were looking really peachy in housing.
Posted In: mortgage, interest rates, bonds, Ben Bernanke

Fiat money: It has nothing to do with the car

May 22, 2013
Your dollar bill isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Why? Because it's a fiat currency. Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: Fiat, inflation, Money, dollar bill, currency

Turning public radio on its head

May 6, 2013
Changing the public radio production process by making listeners the focus and subject of the show.

Why inflation can be a good thing

May 1, 2013
"A little bit of inflation is our friend, not our enemy," says Prof. David Blanchflower
Posted In: inflation

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