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Quarterly Economic Report
October 14, 2008
The $700 billion bailout plan is designed to promote confidence in our financial system, but it will take several months before we know its effectiveness.
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Observation Deck
October 01, 2008
History is being made before our eyes, we all know that. What we don't know, and certainly wish we did, is how it ends.
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Observation Deck
September 01, 2008
An agent is a person or business that acts on behalf of another entity. In the case of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (let's call them the "the twins" for expediency's sake), that "other entity" is the U.S. government.
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Observation Deck
August 01, 2008
What's a broker to do? Faced with zero client appetite for their high-payout products such as mortgage backed and auction rate securities, the broker business suddenly isn't what it used to be.
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Quarterly Economic Report
July 07, 2008
Activity in the bond markets began to recover during the quarter as the yield curve steepened and recent interest rate cuts were digested.
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Observation Deck
July 01, 2008
The financial market events since last summer have raised the question "What's the next shoe to drop?"
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Observation Deck
June 02, 2008
Money market funds (MMFs) have been around for over 35 years and are a very popular, relatively low-risk place for investors to park their cash during uncertain times.
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Observation Deck
May 01, 2008
The credibility of the London Interbank Offered Rate, otherwise known as LIBOR, as key benchmark rate for the financial system has been under scrutiny of late and may have gone unnoticed if it wasn't for the Federal Reserve.
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Quarterly Economic Report
April 15, 2008
Bond trading activity has dried up as investors continuously shift toward safer alternatives.
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Observation Deck
April 01, 2008
Since taking the helm at the Fed in January 2006, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been under fire.
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