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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.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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SEC goes after Goldman

Apr 16, 2010
Lots of people are puzzling through the SEC's fraud allegations against Goldman Sachs, trying to work out how it allegedly committed fraud. The way Paddy Hirsch sees it, it's a bit like a bookie and gambler teaming up to fix a horse race.
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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...
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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.
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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
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A chat with Paddy

Mar 25, 2010
Thought you might like to read an interview with our very own Whiteboard editor Paddy Hirsch. He's featured at the Business Insider this week....
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Morning Reading

Mar 17, 2010
Top of the mornin' to ya. In honor of St. Patty's Day, I think we should start with Marketplace's own resident Irishman and his latest Whiteboard...
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Financial mysteries explained by Paddy Hirsch's Whiteboard series.