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

From a nation of homeowners to a nation of renters

As 2013 kicks off, one of the biggest changes to the landscape of consumer finance is taking place in the housing market.
Posted In: housing market, rent, mortgage

What did the Fed just do?

What did Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke do yesterday? He put speed limit signs up on the freeway.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

Using websites to manage your finances

The holiday season might be a time of year when you don't even want to look at your personal finances because money is going out the door right and left. You certainly don't want to go to a website that puts all your financial accounts in one place and makes charts and graphs out of your money - or do you?
Posted In: Internet, Personal Finance

Shining a light on the shadow inventory

The housing market looks better, but what about the so-called shadow inventory?
Posted In: Housing, shadow inventory, foreclosures

How to spend smart this holiday season

With holiday season upon us, we're likely all going to be spending a little more over the next month. How can you prepare for the holiday dent in your wallet?
Posted In: holiday shopping, Personal Finance

Investors desperate for yield make risky bets

Investors are agreeing to all sorts of crazy terms in order to put money to work in the bond and loan markets. They're baking risk into the system, and that could be a problem for all of us.
Posted In: investors, Investing, risk

Breaking the covenant

28 percent of leveraged loans are now covenant-lite. Why does that matter to you? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains.
Posted In: loans

Explaining the FHA with help from Uncle Charlie

What is the Federal Housing Administration and how does it work? Uncle Charlie and Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explain.
Posted In: Federal Housing Administration, Housing, loans

Were you born on an Inauguration Day?

Marketplace and the Annenberg School at USC are looking for everyday citizens to share their stories of how life has changed since the day they were born -- and a president was sworn in.
Posted In: inauguration

How to prepare for the fiscal cliff

Corporate CEOs, labor leaders and politicians have all weighed in on the fiscal cliff. But what will the budget and tax negotiations mean to you and your wallet?
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Taxes, Economy

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