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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    A Chocolate Squeeze

    Jul 26, 10 • 118 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 • 86 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...

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    Blowing Bubbles

    Jul 17, 10 • 117 Views • Economic History, Financial MarketsNo Comments

    In The Big Short, Michael Lewis explains the subprime bubble mentality through a quote about CNBC media coverage. “…they weren’t in touch with reality anymore. If something negative happened, they’d spin it positive. If something...

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    The Marshmallow Test and Financial Reform

    Jun 27, 10 • 101 Views • Behavioral Economics, Financial Markets, Labor, RegulationNo Comments

    Is it possible that the marshmallow test relates to financial reform? As described in a 2009 New Yorker article by Jonah Lehrer and a WNYC Radio Lab podcast, a marshmallow test given to 4 year olds might predict adult behavior. 40 years ago, psychologist...

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    World Cup Soccer and Stock Markets

    Jun 23, 10 • 98 Views • Financial MarketsNo Comments

    Referring to a basic investing strategy, Vanguard founder, Jack Bogle said, “Buy and hold forever”. If you disagree, though, you might want to hear about the impact of World Cup soccer on stock markets. In a recent academic study, researchers...