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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    Harvard Endowment: Underperformance or a Solid Return?

    Sep 12, 10 • 97 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...

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    The Housing Dilemma

    Sep 9, 10 • 87 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic Debates, Financial Markets, Regulation5 Comments

    Is it time for shock therapy? Since the housing bubble popped, from tax credits to mortgage modification programs, government has tried to support housing prices. The goal was to provide support and diminish foreclosures until the market stabilized. With...

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    Monkeynomics

    Aug 9, 10 • 127 Views • Behavioral Economics, Financial Markets, Households, Money and Monetary Policy, RegulationNo Comments

    Watching capuchin monkeys, we can learn about the financial crisis. In a July TED talk, Yale’s Laurie Santos describes the marketplace she created for the monkeys she was observing. Santos’s goal was to determine whether the mistakes we repeat are...

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    Mortgage Backed Securities (Insecurities)

    Jul 28, 10 • 110 Views • Financial Markets, Money and Monetary Policy, RegulationNo Comments

    NPR’s Planet Money has been looking for the people behind a mortgage backed security. The story, almost like a page turner mystery, began with a $1,000 purchase. With $1,000, Planet Money reporters purchased a tiny piece of a mortgage backed...

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    Consumer Financial Protection

    Jul 27, 10 • 128 Views • Financial Markets, Households, Money and Monetary Policy, RegulationNo Comments

    I have been curious about why the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP), established by the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, is an independent bureau within the Federal Reserve. While I have not discovered a satisfactory answer, I have learned...