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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    Michael Lewis and the U.S. Congress

    Jun 4, 10 • 90 Views • Economic History, Financial Markets, RegulationNo Comments

    The Big Short by Michael Lewis (who also wrote The Blind Side) is a “hot read“ on Capital Hill. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill) recommended it. Chris Dodd (D-CT) referred to it during a speech on Fannie and Freddie. And,...

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    BP and the Financial Crisis

    Jun 2, 10 • 100 Views • Economic History, Environment, Financial Markets, InnovationNo Comments

    I suspect that there is an inverse relationship between government’s ability to get regulation right and the length of the legislation. Glass-Steagall was 34 pages long. Recently proposed financial legislation is 3000 pages long. The need for...

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    Leverage

    May 25, 10 • 115 Views • Financial Markets, Government, HouseholdsNo Comments

    In many ways, the recent financial crisis was (and is) really about seesaws. A seesaw is a lever that lets you do a lot with a little. Using a seesaw, a person weighing 100 pounds can lift someone at the other end who is much larger.   As purchasers of...

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    Orderly Markets

    May 14, 10 • 114 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Financial MarketsNo Comments

    No one has figured out the cause of the “flash crash”. Some background information might help, though, when we try to understand what happened. On May 6th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged close to 1000 points, then made up some of...

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    A Contagious Disease

    May 6, 10 • 119 Views • Economic Thinkers, Financial Markets, GovernmentNo Comments

    Seeing the Bloomberg Businessweek headline, “Greek Contagion Spurs Surge in Portugal, Spanish Debt Swaps,” I started thinking about diagnosing fiscal illness, treating it, and contagion. How can we diagnose the illness? The illness...