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APM: Marketplace Whiteboard

Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch of Marketplace, the public radio business show, makes complicated financial concepts easy to understand in this entertaining, informative video series.

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Quantitative easing

Now the Federal Reserve has effectively cut the target lending rate to zero, it only has one more weapon in its arsenal. Quantitative easing. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what this "nuclear option" it is, and what the Fed hopes it'...

23 Dec 2008

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Capital structure

In stories about the auto companies and the banks, we've been hearing about debt-to-equity swaps and exchanging preferred shares for common stock. To understand how those work, you need to understand a company's capital structure. Senior...

6 May 2009

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Many small businesses get the cash they need to operate and expand from so-called factors. One of the biggest factors in the business is CIT, and with CIT on the ropes, small businesses are worried. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what factoring is...

28 Jul 2009

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Most economists agree that inflation of about 2% or 3% annually is a natural function of a growing economy. But people are worried government stimulus measures could spark much higher inflation. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains

4 Sep 2009

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Interest rates

Confused about the theory of how interest rates can affect economic growth? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch is here with a handy analogy.

16 Dec 2009

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The economic effects of quantitative easing

Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains what QE3 is supposed to do for the economy.

11 Sep 2012

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WHITEBOARD: What is a yield curve?

If you've been following what the Federal Reserve is doing with the interest rate of late, you have probably heard them talk about the yield curve...

12 Sep 2011

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WHITEBOARD: Fiscal policy vs. monetary policy

Often conflated, often confused, fiscal and monetary policies take very different approaches to influence the economy. And they rely on two very ...

5 Sep 2011

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Private equity explained

Private equity funds are groups of investors that flip companies for a profit. It’s the technique they use that makes them special, as senior producer Paddy Hirsch explains.

13 Jan 2012

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What is an index fund?: An explainer

An index is quite simply a basket of shares.

1 Apr 2014

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Derivatives: An explanation

Credit default swaps? They're complicated -- and scary! The receipt you get when you pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey? Not so much. But they have a lot in common: They're both derivatives. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.

16 Oct 2009

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The 'repo' market

It's a vital part of the financial system, and the government is considering changes to it.

27 Jun 2009

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What's the difference: Secured vs. unsecured bonds

Learn the difference between secured and unsecured debt -- a lesson that Irish taxpayers could use as they face the prospect of footing the bill for the bailout of state-owned Anglo Irish Bank.

26 Jan 2012

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How borrowing money can create wealth: Explainer

There are a million get-rich schemes out there, but here's one of the oldest: borrowing.

5 Feb 2014

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So what is LIBOR, exactly?

The London Interbank Offered Rate, explained.

9 Jul 2013

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Fannie, Freddie and the Fed

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.

3 Apr 2010

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What's an index of credit default swaps?

Big bets on an obscure index lay at the heart of JPMorgan's losses this week. Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains how an index of CDS works.

11 May 2012

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What’s an IPO?

So Facebook has filed to go public. How exactly does an initial public offering work? Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains.

2 Feb 2012

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Repo 105

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.

13 Mar 2010

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Explaining dividend recapitalization

Dividend recapitalization: private equity shenanigans or sound common sense? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains how it works.

23 Oct 2012

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