Question: How and why is the Fed creating $1 trillion in new funds to buy securities? Paul Solman: They’ve been calling Fed chairman Bernanke “Helicopter Ben” since he told conservative economics icon Milton Friedman, in a speech a few years … Continue reading
Question: First, it seems to me that FDR saved the traditional banking system. I’ve checked the account of the plan they came up with during the “bank holiday” in the second Schlesinger book and I think it bears out my … Continue reading
Question/Comment: Are there any banks or investment houses not involved in risky practices? I would like to deal with a financial institution that has integrity. Where can I find it? Paul Solman: No, banks and investment banks are in an … Continue reading
Question/Comment: My accountant told me the government’s gift of money for taxpayers (to help stimulate the economy?) is actually a loan that most middle/upper income citizens will have to repay within a year. Paul Solman: America spends more than it … Continue reading
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced Tuesday that he would help shore up three insurance bond firms by offering additional insurance on up to $800 billion in municipal bonds. The Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel explains how bond insurers impact Wall Street and how Buffett’s may help ease financial concerns. Continue reading
- How can a nation with manufacturing employment being replaced by “service” jobs expect to have a trade balance with the rest of the world?
Question/Comment: Did you ever hear about the two old ladies who made a precarious living taking in each other’s laundry? My question is this: how can a nation with manufacturing employment being replaced by “service” jobs expect to have a … Continue reading
Question/Comment: As a long time observer of the mortgage market, particularly the subprime segment, I have been anticipating the current economic crunch for some time. Accordingly, I have been keeping a large amount of my savings ($85K) in an FDIC … Continue reading