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.

  • GPI Instead of CPI?

    Oct 27, 10 • 217 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 • 119 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 • 103 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 • 171 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....

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    Harvard Endowment: Underperformance or a Solid Return?

    Sep 12, 10 • 93 Views • Financial Markets2 Comments

    I thought you might want to see how The Wall Street Journal and the NY Times had different interpretations of the same facts on the same day about Harvard’s endowment fund performance: From The Wall Street Journal: “Harvard Endowment Gets Middling...