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

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.



Features by Paddy Hirsch

The organizations that lend student money aren't the real lenders.

Why relaxing terms on student loans could backfire

Letting borrowers off the hook could be bad for the whole market.
Posted In: student loans, debt, Economy, forgiveness, lending, sallies mae, whiteboard
Think of the yield curve in terms of Chutes and Ladders.

Why you should care about the yield curve

It reflects what investors think will happen to the economy.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, yield, yield curve, bonds, Treasuries, whiteboard
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday in New York City.

Stock drop highlights Rule 48 and the market makers

Market makers are the go-to people who keep American exchanges fine-tuned.
Posted In: markets, stocks, trading, rule 48, Investing, NYSE
Paddy Hirsch talks hedge funds.

What exactly is a hedge fund, again?

Refresh your memory and consider this: Most don't do well after going public.
Posted In: hedge funds, Investing, shares, IPO, Citadel, whiteboard

Why a share's price and its value might not line up

A company's share price doesn't necessarily always reflect its true value.
Posted In: Investing, Analysis, accounting, stock market, valuation, whiteboard

Why a Greek-style run on the banks won't happen in the U.S.

How do you make money safe? You insure it. That's what the FDIC does.
Posted In: FDIC, insurance, cash, banking, security, Personal Finance, Savings
Dow Jones plunges

What makes a correction

When the market runs too hot, stand by for a fall.
Posted In: correction, stocks, equity, markets, financial markets, trading

The all-important exit strategy, explained

Smart investors don't put their money into a venture without an exit strategy.
Posted In: exit strategy, venture capital, Investing, early-stage investing, angel, finance, IPO, acquisition, equity, shares, stock, stake

Corporate inversions: back from the dead

If you thought Congress put an end to corporate inversions, think again
Posted In: inversions, tax, business, treasury, government, corporate inversion, whiteboard


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