Posts Tagged ‘recession’

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    How the Fed Helped Harley

    Dec 8, 10 • 653 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 • 1122 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 • 655 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]

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    Cyclical or Structural?

    Oct 9, 10 • 797 Views • No Comments

    Economists still cannot agree. With the new unemployment rate, at 9.6%, the same as the old unemployment rate, one question remains the same. Is it a jobs mismatch, contractionary lay-offs, or a third economic ailment? The diagnosis you choose will determine......  [read more]

  • What Does Quantitative Easing Do?

    Sep 26, 10 • 729 Views • 1 Comment

    A quantitative easing limerick: “I’m afraid,” said Bernanke to Geithner, “The debt crisis still has lots of bite in ‘er. Though it may cause some ranklin’ I’ll print lots more Franklins; We’ll loosen our money,......  [read more]