Its 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. Hear more about the fallout of the Lehman report at Marketplace: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/12/pm-weekly-wrap-q/
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There's a lot of confusion about what a hedge fund actually is these days. Here's a short and basic explainer. I should add that's its not entirely correct to say that hedge funds are completely unregulated. They are subject to some rules, but they are much less regulated than most other investment types.
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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. Follow Paddy Hirsch on Twitter: @paddyhirsch More Whiteboard: marketplace.org/whiteboard
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Watch an exclusive video performance of "Bloodbuzz Ohio" by The National, performed at their recording studio in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for Marketplace from American Public Media.
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Junk. Not a nice word. And when it comes to bonds, not a particularly accurate word, either. Junk is something useless, right? Something you want to toss in the trash? Well, "junk" bonds are definitely not useless. In fact they're extremely useful. Sometimes. Marketplace Money Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch explains what a junk bond really is. For more Whiteboard: www.marketplace.org/whiteboard Follow Marketplace: @mktplaceradio Follow Paddy Hirsch: @paddyhirsch
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Hedge funds used to occupy a dark, undisturbed corner of the financial world, but over the last year theyve been thrown under the spotlight. Still, many people dont know exactly what hedge funds are, or what hedging actually means. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
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If you've been following what the Federal Reserve is doing with the interest rate, you have probably heard them talk about the yield curve. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what the curve is and what happens if it gets flattened. For more stories: marketplace.org/whiteboard
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Mortgages arent the only financial instruments that get turned into securities. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how companies make money by buying credit card debt and bundling it. More coverage of the financial crisis is at marketplace.org/financialcrisis
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The term Re-hypothecation came up a lot during the MF Global meltdown. It's quite a common term in the securities market -- but what does it mean? Marketplace Money senior producer Paddy Hirsch explains. Follow Paddy Hirsch on Twitter: @paddyhirsch More Whiteboard: www.marketplace.org/whiteboard
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With interest rates in the U.S. at historic lows, some economists are worried that Americans involved in the carry trade could drive down the value of the dollar. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how the carry trade works, and why some people are worried about its return to the markets.
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When the analysts and experts talk about the current financial crisis, they often refer to credit default swaps. So, what exactly is a credit default swap? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch goes to the whiteboard for this explanation.
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In stories about the auto companies and the banks, we've been hearing a lot about debt-to-equity swaps, and exchanging preferred shares for common stock. To get how those swaps work, you first need to understand a company's capital structure. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
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The shadow banking system is a key component of the U.S. economy, but the financial crisis has frozen it solid. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what shadow banking is and why it's important enough to warrant its own bailout, called the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF.
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When the stock market is doing well, a lot of people assume the economy must be doing well, too. But the stock market and the economy are not the same thing, as this short video explains.
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Dollar stores aren’t just surviving, they’re thriving. How is that possible? Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/marketplacevideos In this episode of I’ve Always Wondered, Marketplace’s Reema Khrais explains how dollar stores can still sell things for a dollar – and how the Great Recession helped create a lot more customers for dollar stores across the country. I’ve Always Wondered is a Marketplace series that answers your questions about the world we live in, why the economy works the way it does, and why it all matters. Because if you’re like us, you’ve got a lot of questions about the small, simple, brilliant and ubiquitous things in the world of business. We’re here to answer them for you, in our most popular series that’s generated by you – our audience. Suggest something you’ve always wanted to know in the comments below. Follow Marketplace on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marketplaceapm Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marketplace
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