Posts Tagged ‘recession’

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    Luxury or Necessity?

    Jan 12, 11 • 211 Views • 1 Comment

    Can you live without your TV? Cell phone? Dishwasher? A Pew Research survey discovered that your answer in 2006 might have been different from now. Cars were at the top with 88% of all respondents saying they needed one. But still, the number was 3% less than...  [read more]

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    A Rule About Gold

    Dec 9, 10 • 248 Views • No Comments

    Yes, gold is a part of Dodd-Frank financial regulation but not exactly the way you would expect. Dodd-Frank says that businesses have to tell the SEC if the gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten (the 3 Ts) in their supply chain provide income to rebels in eastern...  [read more]

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    How the Fed Helped Harley

    Dec 8, 10 • 241 Views • No Comments

    Have you ever thought about how, every month or every week, businesses have money for paychecks? One answer is commercial paper. It is amazing that commercial paper is central to so much economic activity and few people have even heard of it. Simply defined,...  [read more]

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    QE2: Pros and Cons

    Nov 8, 10 • 499 Views • No Comments

    Reminding us that there is no such thing as a free lunch, The Washington Post has an excellent interactive summary of the pros and cons of a QE2 impact. But first…what is QE2? Through a second round of quantitative easing, the Federal Reserve will...  [read more]

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    Where is QE2 Going?

    Nov 6, 10 • 254 Views • No Comments

    Did you ever wonder how things really happen? We read about quantitative easing and hear some gigantic number but then…what? Who does it and how? In a Planet Money podcast, journalists visit the Fed and observe how one person implements Fed policy. It...  [read more]