Heidi N. Moore is The Guardian's U.S. finance and economics editor. She was formerly the New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace.

Prior to joining Marketplace, Moore was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she was the lead writer for the paper’s award-winning Deal Journal online and daily newspaper column during the height (and depths) of the world financial crisis. In addition, she wrote an analysis of banks and mergers and broke news of SEC investigations, big acquisitions, and Barclays Capital buying most of Lehman Brothers out of bankruptcy.  Before that, she was U.S. Bureau Chief for London-based, Dow Jones-owned weekly newspaper and daily website, Financial News. For six years, she was a senior writer covering Wall Street banks and power brokers for The Deal magazine.

Moore’s articles on Wall Street banks and finance have been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Magazine, Financial Times and Slate.  

Moore is a graduate of Columbia University and a native New Yorker. In her free time, Moore enjoys running and traveling.

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Features by Heidi N. Moore

Is U.S. Economic Policy Helping the Rich Get Richer?

Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival, bemoaning the direction of U.S. economic policy.

The One Financial Crash We Avoided

A conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival reminded me: commercial real-estate was saved because Wall Street had an incentive to fix its own problems.

America: The Best-Looking Horse in the Glue Factory

Here at the Aspen Ideas Festival, we may be seeing the start of a meme about America's financial place in the world.

Here's the conundrum: The U.S. economy is finally on the road to an excruciatingly slow recovery. In fact, we're far better off than most of the rest of the world - particularly Europe and China - as their economies struggle with the prospect of recession. Investors keep buying Treasury bonds because America's economic future is considered a safe haven.

If you think we should celebrate being ahead of most of the world, you should listen to what economists are saying about us. 

Most, they're searching for metaphors to describe how really, we're no great shakes after all. (See our piece from September 2011 to find one of the earlier examples, from our own pens.)

I've compiled a couple of the better ones I've heard here at the Aspen Ideas Festival and on Twitter.

 "We're the best-looking horse in the glue factory." - Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve, to Maria Bartiromo at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

"We're the best-looking horse in the glue factory." - Erskine Bowles in 2010

"The U.S. is the least-dirty shirt in the laundry basket." - Simon Johnson, economist, to Kai Ryssdal at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

"We're the least-dirty shirt. The world is full of dirty shirts." - PIMCO's Bill Gross to Bloomberg, 2010

"The US is the fastest camper outrunning the bear." -Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, joking on Twitter. 

Try out your own witty contributions in the comments below. I'll tweet the best ones.

Easy Street Goes to the Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen, Colorado, is. on the surface, a 1% kind of town. The small local airport is filled with the sleek, blank white bodies of private jets. A trip of more than three blocks, joked one of my Twitter friends today, requires a limousine. Gucci and Louis Vuitton pepper the stores, even if most of the people are dressed in khakis and button-downs.

But that's not the whole story of Aspen. It's also a working town, a town where a considerable local population works to maintain the economy. The symbiosis of rich and middle-class here results in a surprising lack of class resentment; maybe, like the Aspen trees the town is named for, the residents realize that their experiences here are interconnected by the roots, that they share a common soil. Maybe it's also because Aspen is a town where almost everyone seems to be passing through - the wealthy on their vacations, many of the workers here for a summer or a couple of seasons or a year or so.

The Aspen Institute is one of the few stalwarts of permanence in the town. It was founded in 1950 to foster ideas and open thinking, and for the past eight years, has run its Aspen Ideas Festival for two weeks every summer. In hourlong sessions, conferences, tutorials and outings, the attendees devote themselves to a kind of cultural core curriculum: where is our society going? What can we learn from it? And how can it be better?

Marketplace has had a presence at the Ideas Festival in recent years -reporting and broadcasting live -  and we do again this year.  I'll post regular updates about the best ideas and discussions we're hearing here - often things you won't hear anywhere else. Check back often.

 

What Can We Learn from 147 Bank Crises?

International Monetary Fund researchers explained some interesting patterns and lessons of financial disaster, after studying 147 bank crises, 218 currency crises and 66 country crises in the financial health of companies. Easy Street brings you their findings in plain English.

After Moody's downgrade, will banks need bailouts?

After U.S. markets closed yesterday, the rating agency Moody's delivered more bad news -- this time to 15 of the world's largest banks, including the biggest American banks. The fine print of the downgrade hints at more bank bailouts down the road.
Posted In: Moody's, banking, bailout

Moody's downgrade 'for the banks' own good'

The credit rating agency Moody's slashed the ratings of 15 of the world's biggest banks, including most of the big guys here in the U.S.
Posted In: markets, banking, downgrades

Moody's: Government Would Bail Out Banks. Except JP Morgan.

Moody's ratings downgrade of major banks today included some backhanded compliments.

Moody's cuts ratings of major international banks

Moody's has downgraded the credit ratings of 15 banks in Europe and North America -- that continues to rattle markets in Asia and Europe today so far.
Posted In: Moody's, downgrade, banking

Is the Federal Reserve running out of ammo?

Global markets, and many economists, seem unimpressed this morning with the news yesterday from the Federal Reserve that it will expand the Operation Twist monetary stimulus program.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

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