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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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Features by Paddy Hirsch

What just happened in Cyprus? An explainer

The moral of the story of the near collapse of Cyprus' banking system is that when a saving rate looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Posted In: cyprus, bailout, Europe debt crisis

The pros and cons of credit unions

Should you bank at a credit union? Marketplace senior producer of personal finance Paddy Hirsch discusses the upsides and the downsides.

Why a currency war could hurt you

A currency war sounds weirdly abstract, like a game played by rival politicians -- but it can have devastating effects in the real world. And it’s not all that different from a rivalry of different kind – a hypothetical sibling rivalry.
Posted In: Global Currency War, currency

Resume guide: 3 tips to make your CV standout

If you are hitting the job market, the one thing you'll need is a good resume. But how do you get yours to the top of the heap?
Posted In: resume, Jobs, employment

6 ways to protect yourself from restaurant tip theft

When you go out to eat at a restaurant and pay by credit card, what should you do with your receipts? Leave them on the table or throw them away?
Posted In: tipping, Personal Finance

How to safe guard yourself against a bond bubble

As investors pour money into stocks, there are fears that the bond market could suffer. How should you adjust your portfolio?
Posted In: bonds, stocks, Investing

Can I sell my house? Depends on who you ask

We’ve been swamped with real estate news this month. But what does it all mean?

Debt ceiling is like a credit card? Think again

Critics say that raising the debt ceiling is like paying off one credit card with another. But if you dig into it, that analogy is flawed.

German gold goes home -- Here's why

Germany announced this week that it's planning to repatriate much of the gold that its been keeping in reserves in the U.S. and France.
Posted In: gold, Germany

What is the debt ceiling? An explainer

Confused by all the mud-slinging around Washington over the debt ceiling? Don't know who to blame? Here's a quick explainer on the debt ceiling's function and why this fight could turn out to be messy.
Posted In: debt ceiling

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