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  1. Crisis explainer: Uncorking CDOs

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    Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch gives a bubbly explanation of the intricacies of “collateralized debt obligations” – those financial instruments that got us into this financial…

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    • High-frequency trading

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      High-frequency trading is creating a ruckus on Wall Street. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what high-frequency trading is and why some people are up in arms about it. More coverage…

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      • Untangling credit default swaps

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        When the analysts and experts talk about the current financial crisis, they often refer to “credit default swaps.” So, what exactly is a credit default swap? Marketplace Senior Editor…

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        • The credit crisis as Antarctic expedition

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          Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how banks have gotten frozen in their tracks, awaiting a rescue. More coverage of the financial crisis at Marketplace.org

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          • Quantitative easing

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            Now the Federal Reserve has effectively cut the target lending rate to zero, it only has one more weapon in its arsenal. Quantitative easing. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what this “nuclear…

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            • Getting naked in short selling

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              The practice of short selling has been blamed for the collapse of several major companies' shares during the financial crisis. What is short selling? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.…

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              • How credit cards become asset-backed bonds

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                Mortgages aren’t the only financial instruments that get turned into securities. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how companies make money by buying credit card debt and bundling…

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                • Repo 105

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                  It’s the title of a dubious financing transaction that Lehman Brothers used in 2008 to make its balance sheet look healthier than it really was. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch takes a stab at explaining…

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                  • A look inside hedge funds

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                    Hedge funds used to occupy a dark, undisturbed corner of the financial world, but over the last year they’ve been thrown under the spotlight. Still, many people don’t know exactly what…

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                    • Derivatives

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                      Credit default swaps? They’re complicated -- and scary! The receipt you get when you pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey? Not so much. But they have a lot in common: They’re both derivatives.…

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                      • Oh The Jobs (Debt?) You'll Create!

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                        Hobbs is a fictional city whose mayor has a very real problem: How will he implement his scheme to bring in good clean health care jobs when every other American city is trying to do the same? How…

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                        • The Uptick Rule

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                          Bankers have been debating bringing back the uptick rule for months, if not years. This week the debate made it to Capitol Hill. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch gives a quick and dirty explanation of what…

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