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Explaining the Fed's 'Operation Twist' with diamonds

Jun 26, 2012
The Federal Reserve's most recent policy move is simply a way of driving down interest rates. But how does it work? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains Operation Twist with a simple analogy.
Posted In: Fed, treasury, Operation Twist, Federal Reserve, Treasuries, interest rates, whiteboard

The snowball way toward eliminating debt

Jun 14, 2012
I have been paying down my debt using the snowball method. I'm making great headway and have cut my debt load in half in 3 years. I'm at a point where I need to choose between a home-equity loan with a variable rate (currently at 4.24 percent but eligible for tax deductions) and a car loan at 3.5 percent fixed. Which makes more sense to pay down? Scott, Chatham, MI
Posted In: interest rates, home equity loan, car loan, debt repayment

The Federal Reserve and interest rates

Jun 8, 2012
There is an implication by those in the media that the Fed is essentially out of tools when it comes to lowering interest rates. Can the Federal Reserve lower the Fed Funds rate below zero? If so, what would be the implications for borrowers, savers and the macroeconomy? Richard, Marietta, GA
Posted In: interest rates, Federal Reserve

Uncertainty lingers in Spain after bond auction

Jun 7, 2012
Spain raised $2.6 billion in a bond sale this morning, but the higher interest rate of 6.1 percent shows that investors are still concerned that Spain has not wiped their hands clean of the financial mess just yet.
Posted In: spain, bonds, interest rates, Europe debt crisis

Americans concerned over Fed's low interest rates

Jun 7, 2012
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may announce a new plan for interest rates today on Capitol Hill. Six in 10 Americans want the Federal Reserve to consider the negative impact of low interest rates on retirees and savings.
Posted In: interest rates, Federal Reserve, retirement savings

Market hope hangs on Bernanke

Jun 7, 2012
All eyes are on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke today as he testifies today on Capitol Hill and announces his plans for interest rates and quantitative easing.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, Europe debt crisis, Ben Bernanke

Options narrow for Federal Reserve action

Jun 7, 2012
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill today and he's under pressure to do more to stimulate the economy in the United States.
Posted In: Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve, interest rates, quantitative easing

Bernanke: Fed will act if there is risk

Jun 7, 2012
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was on Capital Hill today, he didn't rule out action, but did not suggest any immediate policy changes.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, interest rates, quantitative easing

Central bank of China lowers interest rate

Jun 7, 2012
China's central bank this morning surprised global markets by cutting interest rates for the first time since 2008 in an effort to stimulate the slowing economy.
Posted In: China, interest rates, stimulus

Euro crisis tests role of ECB

Jun 6, 2012
There was no cut in interest rates from the European Central Bank today, but some would like the ECB to take action soon.
Posted In: ECB, Europe debt crisis, interest rates, Mario Draghi

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