econlife on ‘Financial Markets’

Financial markets connect borrowers and savers. By determining the price and quantity of money, financial markets are central to a market system. Financial markets also take us to central bankers like the US Federal Reserve system and the interest rates that central bankers influence. When econlife looks at financial markets, it is also exploring the role and definition of money and investment.

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    Where is QE2 Going?

    Nov 6, 10 • 124 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Financial Markets, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    Did you ever wonder how things really happen? We read about quantitative easing and hear some gigantic number but then…what? Who does it and how? In a Planet Money podcast, journalists visit the Fed and observe how one person implements Fed policy. It...

  • GPI Instead of CPI?

    Oct 27, 10 • 220 Views • Financial Markets, Government, Macroeconomic Measurement, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    Your grandma cares about the CPI. If it indicates the price level is rising, then she will automatically get a COLA–a cost of living adjustment that elevates her monthly social security check. This video from NPR’s Paul Solman shows how CPI...

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    Stocks and Tweets

    Oct 25, 10 • 123 Views • Behavioral Economics, Financial MarketsNo Comments

    An Indiana University researcher thinks he has confirmed that mood and stock market movement correlate. The results, though, were not what he expected. 1) Originally, he and his students thought that they would discover a positive relationship between the...

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    Nobel Cash

    Oct 15, 10 • 107 Views • Economic History, Economic Thinkers, Financial Markets, International Trade and FinanceNo Comments

    If you win a Nobel Prize, you get a cash prize of approximately $1.5 million. The size of that prize relates to how well the foundation that manages Alfred Nobel’s endowment has fared.  According to the Financial Times, during the 1990s the payout...

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    Speculators, Thomas Jefferson, and President Obama

    Sep 22, 10 • 174 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic History, Financial Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    Thomas Jefferson and President Obama had similar concerns about financial speculators. In 1790, Thomas Jefferson opposed funding the domestic part of the Revolutionary War debt if the financial speculators who bought bonds at a depressed price would benefit....