Paddy Hirsch is a Senior Editor at Marketplace. He is the author of the book Man vs Markets, Economics Explained, Pure and Simple, and he is the creator and host of Marketplace Whiteboard, a video explainer of financial and economic terms.

Hirsch joined Marketplace in 2007, just as the credit crunch that preceded the 2008 financial crisis began to take hold.  As editor of the New York Bureau and the entrepreneurship desk, he spearheaded Marketplace’s financial markets coverage throughout the crisis and as the economy fell into recession. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2010, and he returned to Marketplace in July of 2011, when he was appointed Senior Producer of Marketplace Money. He published his first book, Man vs Markets, in August 2012.

Hirsch got his start in journalism with an internship at the BBC in Glasgow, Scotland. He became a field producer for CNBC in Hong Kong and later was a consultant to the Open Broadcast Network in Bosnia. He has been an editor for Direct Capital Markets, Institutional Investor Newsletters, Standard & Poor’s, and the Vietnam Economic Times. Prior to becoming a journalist, he served as an officer in the Royal Marines.

Hirsch attended Campbell College in Belfast and received a bachelor’s degree in French and International Studies from the University of Warwick. He is a Knight Fellow and was a Webby honoree in 2009.

 

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How to manage retirement plans as they pile up

In 21st century America, jobs for life are rare. For those lucky enough to have jobs with retirement plans, with the many jobs comes many retirement plans, which all send quarterly statements that need tracking.
Posted In: IRA, 401k, Retirement, retirement savings
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You need to care about China's credit crunch: Here's why

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
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Kids' crazy sports costs offer tax perks

A listener responds to our conversation about expensive sports programs for kids.
Posted In: Taxes, consumed, sustainability
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Bernanke's tape: Who's afraid of rising rates?

Fed chair Ben Bernanke says rising interest rates are a good thing. But good for whom, exactly?
Posted In: QE2, Bernanke, taper
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ICYMI: From Consumed to PRISM, the best stories you missed

Marketplace's senior producer of personal finance on the stories you might have missed last week.
Posted In: ICYMI
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Opportunity cost: A simple Whiteboard explainer

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
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About face on the home front: Interest rates spike

For a moment there, things were looking really peachy in housing.
Posted In: mortgage, interest rates, bonds, Ben Bernanke
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Fiat money: It has nothing to do with the car

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
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Turning public radio on its head

Changing the public radio production process by making listeners the focus and subject of the show.
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Why inflation can be a good thing

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

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