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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    The Housing Dilemma

    Sep 9, 10 • 81 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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    Mortgage Backed Securities (Insecurities)

    Jul 28, 10 • 102 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 • 125 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...

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    A Chocolate Squeeze

    Jul 26, 10 • 114 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Financial MarketsNo Comments

    One person might have purchased enough cocoa to make 5 billion chocolate bars. And, he is not even in the candy making business. Instead, he is doing what financial speculators have tried to do for centuries. He is trying to corner a market. The man is...

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    Figuring Out Financial Regulation

    Jul 18, 10 • 81 Views • Businesses, Economic Debates, Economic History, Financial Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    Words cannot describe the 2300 pages of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In a way, because it says so much, it tells us very little. Still though, after looking at the bill and several news summaries, I wanted to share some main...