In the fall of 2007, when the U.S. economy first seemed in peril, I began answering reader queries here on the Business Desk. I still do so occasionally, but this page has expanded to include posts from eminent economists, "far-flung correspondents," and a variety of voices that have intriguing and/or useful things to say about economics, broadly defined. Please feel encouraged to respond to any and all of them.
So here's a rare opportunity: to ask the person who guarantees your bank deposits anything you wish. I'd make suggestions, but they would probably be questions I'll wind up actually asking myself. I therefore encourage you to come up with your own: on banking reforms, bailouts, you name it. It's your money (as deposits) that she's insuring, money that comes from insurance premiums the banks themselves pay. But since the government's guarantee is iron-clad, if the FDIC runs out of money, it will be replenished. And that too will be your money, as a U.S. taxpayer. Be bold. Be creative. And remember, there are no stupid questions.
Leave your questions in the COMMENTS section below, and be sure to include your name, city, and state.