The Whiteboard - Most Recent
Feb 5, 2010
Five little PIIGS. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains why problems with certain European countries' sovereign debt could blow the house down.
Jan 28, 2010
We keep hearing the banks aren't lending. The truth is they are lending, and making a lot of money doing it, thanks in large part to one very special borrower. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch reports.
Jan 16, 2010
Ratings agencies are paid by the sellers of the securities they rate. Critics say there's a conflict of interest there. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Dec 21, 2009
Commercial real estate is giving Ben Bernanke a big headache. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains why it's such a threat to the economy.
Dec 15, 2009
Confused about the theory of how interest rates can affect economic growth? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch is here with a handy analogy.
Nov 19, 2009
We all know what a takeover is. That's when one company agrees to be bought by another. But what happens when companies don't agree and the takeover goes hostile? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Oct 15, 2009
Credit default swaps? They're complicated -- and scary! The receipt you get when you pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey? Not so much. But they have a lot in common: They're both derivatives. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Sep 17, 2009
So much government debt! But what's the difference between the Treasury's bills, notes and bonds? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Sep 3, 2009
Most economists agree that inflation of about 2% or 3% annually is a natural function of a growing economy. But people are worried government stimulus measures could spark much higher inflation. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains