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The forecast calls for tightening financial conditions

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Banks in Turmoil

"Financial conditions" are closely watched by the Fed — and at the moment, very complicated

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 16, 2023
"Financial conditions" lately have been anything but simple.
Banks in Turmoil

Increased scrutiny on banks raises specter of tightening credit

by Savannah Maher Mar 16, 2023
Banks may get stingier and more selective with loans, and that could hurt businesses that need them.
Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

What is "duration risk"? (And how did it get Silicon Valley Bank into trouble?)

by Lily Jamali Mar 16, 2023
Investing in long-term government bonds and mortgage-backed securities hurt the bank as interest rates rose and bond prices plummeted.

"You only live once" may explain Americans' continued spending spree

by Kristin Schwab Mar 16, 2023
Some attribute it to pent-up demand. Others think the American consumer may have changed.

Freight forecasting

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal explains the freight index by taking us to the Port of LA and a business in Savannah, Georgia.
Banks in Turmoil

What is "moral hazard," and why does Silicon Valley Bank have us talking about it again?

by Matt Levin Mar 16, 2023
Insurance can create perverse incentives, making risk seem less risky. Is "moral hazard" to blame for SVB's meltdown?
Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

Silicon Valley Bank's collapse reveals deeper flaws in the venture capital industry

by Kai Ryssdal and Livi Burdette Mar 16, 2023
VCs have been among the loudest voices calling for government insurance amidst SVB’s collapse, after pulling their funds out of the struggling bank.

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