Archive for the ‘Finance’ Category

Jubilee! (?)   Leave a comment

2509857120_5f43d4858b_o-28875f634cdecb828ccaaa98c667017dcce48e7c-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/12/23/506763952/episode-587-jubilee

Summary: After Iceland was hit hard by the financial crisis, Icelanders with mortgage loans were drowning in debt.  Recognizing the outrage, the Progressive Party of Iceland capitalized and offered to clear everyone’s debt.  Planet Money discusses Iceland’s use of a biblical event called jubilee and the results.

Original Air Date: December 23, 2016

Length: 20 minutes

The Longest Long Shot   Leave a comment

leicesterLink: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/leicester-city/

Summary: What if the odds of finding Elvis Presley alive were 5000 to 1? You could have had those same odds if you bet on Leicester City to win the most watched soccer league.  Freakonomics discusses the near-impossible story of how this little club pulled off the biggest upset in an environment that rewards those who spend.

Original Air Date: May 25, 2016

Length: 45 minutes 15 seconds

Discussion Question: What behavior is being encouraged by the structure of the English league? Compare it with an American league.  How is competition affected?

While major U.S. banks are cleaning up their books, the shadow banking system is dirtying its hands   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/12/economy/while-major-us-banks-are-cleaning-their-books-shadow-banking-system-dirtying-its

Summary: Marketplace looks at the shadow banking system of providers of personal, auto and some mortgage loans,and the role these non banks have played  since the financial crisis of 2008.

Original Air Date: April 12, 2016

Length: 1 minute 25 seconds

The midlife economic anxiety crisis   Leave a comment

midlifeLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/18/world/why-theres-so-much-economic-anxiety-midlife

Summary: According to the Marketplace Economic Anxiety Index, 35-54 year olds are the most worried age group in the U.S. Children’s college tuition and retirement loom over these folks and they also felt the aftershocks of the housing crisis and stock market crash. Marketplace speaks to a couple about their economic concerns and decisions.

Original Air Date: March 18, 2016

Length: 5 minutes and 4 seconds

How To Make $3 Trillion Disappear   Leave a comment

how to makeLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/10/23/451228005/episode-659-how-to-make-3-trillion-disappear

Summary: The Planet Money team discusses the end of quantitative easing – how it works and how it is coming to an end.  A particular focus is how this process will impact commercial banks and their clients.

Original Air Date: October 26, 2015

Length: 15 minutes 25 seconds

The Great Inflation   Leave a comment

great inflationLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/11/20/456855788/episode-664-the-great-inflation

Summary: In this Podcast, high inflation in the 70’s and 80’s is examined in depth. The Planet Money team find there is more to inflation than just a surplus of money in the economy.

Original Air Date: November 21, 2015

Length: 24 minutes 45 seconds

Worst Case Scenario   Leave a comment

worst caseLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/06/19/415804477/episode-634-worst-case-scenario

Summary: The Planet Money team investigate current problems in our economy that could create the next economic crisis.

Original Air Date: July 19, 2015

Length: 16 mins