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What's a hedge fund?
 
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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.
Views: 181791 Marketplace APM
The National: 'Bloodbuzz Ohio' live studio recording
 
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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.
Views: 121152 Marketplace APM
Bonds, notes and bills
 
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So much government debt! But what's the difference between the Treasury's bills, notes and bonds? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains. More coverage of the financial crisis is at marketplace.org/financialcrisis
Views: 104109 Marketplace APM
Hostile takeovers
 
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We all know what a takeover is. That's when one company agrees to be bought by another. But what happens when companies don't agree and the takeover goes hostile? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Views: 77167 Marketplace APM
Repo 105
 
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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/
Views: 53672 Marketplace APM
Understanding the yield curve
 
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You read about it a lot in the business pages, and it sounds super complicated. But the yield curve is dead easy to read. Especially if you've every played chutes and ladders (snakes and ladders in the UK)
Views: 54610 Marketplace APM
How the banks make the big bucks
 
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We keep hearing that the banks arent lending. The truth is they are lending and making a lot of money doing it, thanks in large part to one very special borrower. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch reports.
Views: 134362 Marketplace APM
Quantitative easing
 
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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 itll do.
Views: 330790 Marketplace APM
Private equity explained
 
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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
Views: 140711 Marketplace APM
Interest rates
 
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Confused about the theory of how interest rates can affect economic growth? Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch is here with a handy analogy.
Views: 71466 Marketplace APM
Dark pools
 
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Dark pools are exchanges where people trade stocks anonymously. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how they work, and why the SEC is considering regulating them.
Views: 60744 Marketplace APM
What is a junk bond?
 
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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
Views: 34763 Marketplace APM
How credit cards become asset-backed bonds
 
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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
Views: 39082 Marketplace APM
Derivatives
 
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Credit default swaps? Theyre complicated -- and scary! The receipt you get when you pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey? Not so much. But they have a lot in common: Theyre both derivatives. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Views: 299877 Marketplace APM
The 'repo' market
 
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Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains why the repurchase (or repo) market is vital part of the financial system, and why the government is considering changes to it. More coverage of the financial crisis is at marketplace.org/financialcrisis
Views: 84857 Marketplace APM
CLOs
 
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Collateralized loan obligations are back! Paddy Hirsch explains what CLOs are, and why theyre important.
Views: 39123 Marketplace APM
Fannie, Freddie and the Fed
 
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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.
Views: 53400 Marketplace APM
What's a dark pool?
 
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Views: 12674 Marketplace APM
The Uptick Rule
 
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Bankers have been debating bringing back the uptick rule for months, if not years. This week the debate made it to Capitol Hill. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch gives a quick and dirty explanation of what the uptick rule is, and why it could be reinstated.
Views: 20495 Marketplace APM
SEC goes after Goldman
 
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Lots of people are puzzling through the SECs fraud allegations against Goldman Sachs, trying to work out how it allegedly committed fraud. The way Paddy Hirsch sees it, its a bit like a bookie and gambler teaming up to fix a horse race.
Views: 29977 Marketplace APM
Rehypothecation
 
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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
Views: 17191 Marketplace APM
A look inside hedge funds
 
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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.
Views: 530676 Marketplace APM
Hostile Takeovers, explained
 
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When the board of a company declines an invitation to be acquired, sometimes ya gotta go hostile. Here's how it works.
Views: 19030 Marketplace APM
How a stock buyback works
 
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Companies often buy their shares back from the market. Here's why and how the do it.
Views: 23789 Marketplace APM
What is a Yield Curve?
 
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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
Views: 59625 Marketplace APM
Capital structure
 
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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.
Views: 125902 Marketplace APM
Leveraging and deleveraging
 
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Leveraging or borrowing has been cited as one of the contributors to the financial crisis. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how the move to deleverage or reduce debt is prompting wild market swings and concerns about deflation.
Views: 70237 Marketplace APM
Fiscal and Monetary Policy
 
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Often conflated, often confused, fiscal and monetary policies take very different approaches to influence the economy. And use two very different departments: the government and the Fed. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Views: 119715 Marketplace APM
The difference between the stock market and the economy
 
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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.
Views: 6995 Marketplace APM
Shadow banking
 
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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.
Views: 106574 Marketplace APM
Beware the carry trade!
 
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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.
Views: 22533 Marketplace APM
Negative Interest Rates
 
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Some Central Banks have adopted a negative interest rate policy on reserves held with them. Here's what that means.
Views: 19269 Marketplace APM
Bankers go head to head over Tier 1 capital
 
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Tier 1 capital is the money that's at the core of every bank. But, like everything else in banking, it's subject to definition, and bankers still can't agree on the terms. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Views: 37929 Marketplace APM
Untangling credit default swaps
 
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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.
Views: 37901 Marketplace APM
Currency pegs
 
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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.
Views: 32013 Marketplace APM
Market Correction
 
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This short video explains what a correction in the market means. A correction is a short-term downward movement in the market. It's usually quite painful, but it shouldn't be confused with a bear market. That's a whole different animal.
Views: 11172 Marketplace APM
How a poison pill works
 
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Companies that don't want to be taken over by a competitor often use something called a poison pill. It's not the target company that swallows the pill: it's the buyer. Here's how it works.
Views: 18037 Marketplace APM
Where do student loans go?
 
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Many student loans aren't usually held by lenders. Instead, they end up in SLABS - student loan asset backed securities. Here's how they work.
Views: 7662 Marketplace APM
Cov-lite loans are back!
 
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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.
Views: 4514 Marketplace APM
Inflation
 
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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.
Views: 193628 Marketplace APM
Getting naked in short selling
 
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The practice of short selling has been blamed for the collapse of several major companies' shares during the financial crisis. What is short selling? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains. More coverage of the financial crisis is at http://marketplace.org/financialcrisis
Views: 46671 Marketplace APM
Mark to market
 
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There's a debate in financial circles over whether banks are unfairly penalized by the requirement that they mark to market their holdings. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what that term means.
Views: 57920 Marketplace APM
Counterparty risk
 
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Europe is teetering on the edge of a credit crisis, and markets all around the world are tumbling as investors worry about contagion. Its all about banks not trusting each other, as Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Views: 39621 Marketplace APM
Deflation, explained
 
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Deflation: also known as falling prices. Falling prices may sound like a good thing - stuff gets cheaper. But fall too far, and they can cause a lot of pain, as this short video explains.
Views: 17651 Marketplace APM
What do Michelin tires have to do with fine dining?
 
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Those Michelin stars that you see in fancy restaurants are handed out by Michelin, the tire company. Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/marketplacevideos?sub_confirmation=1 In this episode of I’ve Always Wondered, Marketplace’s Jed Kim brings us the so-crazy-it-worked backstory of how the Michelin star rating system for restaurants was created by Michelin, the tire company. Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Joachim Splichal come on to tell us what a Michelin star means (and doesn’t). 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
Views: 3447 Marketplace APM
Shadow banking: still big, still dangerous
 
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The part of the financial system that lends the most money to Americans remains almost untouched by regulation. It's shadow banking, as Paddy Hirsch explains.
Views: 38059 Marketplace APM
The root of Italy's problems
 
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Italy has carried a heavy debt for many years. So why is it stumbling now? Marketplace senior editor Paddy Hirsch explains. More stories at marketplace.org/​whiteboard
Views: 16337 Marketplace APM
The name's Bond. Eurobond.
 
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Europeans are worried that countries like Italy and Greece, struggling with heavy debts, could fail, and threaten the Euro. Their solution -- a Eurobond. Senior Editor explains what a Eurobond is, and why some people don't like the idea.
Views: 13911 Marketplace APM

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