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Currency pegs

Jun 24, 2010
Pressure from the US may have pushed China to unpeg its currency from the dollar this week. But how did that peg work in the first place? Paddy Hirsch explains.

'Casino' banks targeted in Volcker Rule

May 28, 2010
The Volcker rule is a cornerstone of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul. But what is it? Paddy Hirsch explains in this video from 2010.
Posted In: Volcker Rule

Whiteboard: Investors sue banks over fiduciary responsibility

May 14, 2010
Investor lawsuits over failed bank investments are becoming more commonplace. As Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains in the latest from his Whiteboard series, it all comes down to a little thing called fiduciary.
Posted In: Investing

Whiteboard: Counterparty risk

May 7, 2010
Europe is teetering on the edge of a credit crisis, and markets all around the world are tumbling as investors worry about contagion. It's all about banks not trusting each other, as Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.

Question on banks lending

Apr 12, 2010
From: Howard Goldberg Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 9:31 PM To: Hirsch, Paddy Subject: Your White Board Explanations are great and fun....I...
Posted In: Banks, lending

Fannie, Freddie and the Fed

Apr 2, 2010
The Federal Reserve said this week it will no longer buy mortgage backed securities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Some people worry mortgage rates could rise as a result. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains why.

Cov-lite loans are back

Mar 29, 2010
Lyondell Chemical issued the fist covenant-lite loan since the financial crisis subsided. Senior editor Paddy Hirsch explains what a cov-lite loan is, and why their return could be bad for the economy

CLOs

Mar 16, 2010
Collateralized loan obligations are back! Paddy Hirsch explains what CLOs are, and why they're important.

Repo 105

Mar 12, 2010
It's the title of a dubious financing transaction that Lehman Brothers used in 2008 to make its balance sheet look healthier than it really was. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch takes a stab at explaining how Repo 105 worked.

Subprime: A meaty explanation

Feb 16, 2010
The Federal Housing Administration is being criticized for underwriting subprime loans, which critics say could lead to another wave of loan failures. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains subprime lending and its inherent risks.
Posted In: subprime

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