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Federal Reserve Raises Rates as it Juggles Fighting Inflation With a Banking Crisis
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Former FDIC Chair on Bank Collapses, the Federal Reserve and "Potential Fragility" in the Financial System
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What the Fed’s Inflation-Fighting Efforts Could Mean for the U.S. Economy
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What Silicon Valley Bank’s Collapse Says About the Easy Money Era Ending
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank is among the kinds of disruptions economic experts say may happen as the Federal Reserve winds down its “easy money” policies.
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TONIGHT: A 2-Hour Special on Economic Uncertainty & the “Age of Easy Money”
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Age of Easy Money
High inflation, fear of recession and disruptions — like the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank — how did we get here? FRONTLINE examines the Federal Reserve's policies and the potential consequences of its record pace of interest rate hikes to try and fight inflation.
March 14, 2023
'Collaboration is Protection': Journalists Talk About Investigating Pegasus Spyware
Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud of Forbidden Stories spoke with FRONTLINE about investigating Pegasus, the powerful spyware sold to governments around the world by the Israeli company NSO Group, and measures they took to protect themselves.
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