Posts Tagged ‘recession’

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    Where is QE2 Going?

    Nov 6, 10 • 310 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 • 316 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 • 345 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]

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    It’s Official

    Sep 21, 10 • 329 Views • No Comments

    We now know when the recession officially ended. But I still wonder whether we are moving along a “V”, a “U”, a “W” or an “L”. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the recession began...  [read more]

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    Deflation Worries

    Sep 13, 10 • 340 Views • 3 Comments

    We have something else to worry about: deflation. If you had $100 in 2000, you would need $126.60 in 2010 to make the same kinds of purchases. Called inflation, prices tend to go up each year. Most consumers and businesses are happy with a little inflation,...  [read more]