Archive for the ‘monetary policy’ Tag

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 Last Euro in Greece   Leave a comment

last euroLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/07/08/421228146/episode-637-the-last-euro-in-greece

Summary: The Planet Money team discusses the role the banks played in the Greek debt crisis and how it affected the Greek people.

Original Air Date: July 8, 2015

Length: 13 minutes 38 seconds

Fixing the World, Bang-For-The-Buck Edition: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast   Leave a comment

Fixing-the-World-300x200Link: http://freakonomics.com/2014/10/02/fixing-the-world-bang-for-the-buck-edition-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: Return on Investment (ROI) analyzes at the most efficient way to spend money. An example given is the difference between curing malaria and HIV/AIDS. To cure malaria, it would cost about $1,000 per person, while it would cost ten times that to cure HIV/AIDS, and it is decided that they would rather save 10 people from malaria before they save one from HIV/AIDS.  The United Nations, with their Millennium Development Goals coming to a close, will be looking to set new goals in 2015, to be completed by 2030. One of the issued they will focus on is how they are setting goals, and how to be more efficient with the help of the Return on Investment analysis.

Original Air Date: October 2, 2014

Length: 43 minutes 34 seconds

Prompt / Discussion: You are a member of the United Nations, and are put in charge of coming up with new development goals for 2015. You have $100 billion to invest in various development aid. Discuss how you would prioritize between an important, expensive goal (such as getting all kids into school, which was one of the Millennium Development Goals), and something that might not be seen as highly important, but cost effective.

The Stock Market Has Been and Always Will Be Volatile   Leave a comment

Markets Open One Day After Dow's Biggest Drop In A YearLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/stock-market-has-been-and-always-will-be-volatile

Summary: Many people are worried about the stock markets, especially with everything going on in the world (Germany’s bad news, Ebola, etc). However, the stock market is a volatile place–and, according to Quincy Crosby, a financial market strategist at Prudential Financial, it’s meant to be that way.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 11 seconds

A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed   Leave a comment

locked doorLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/20/255839292/episode-505-a-locked-door-a-secret-meeting-and-the-birth-of-the-fed 

Summary: An historical retelling of the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank

Original Air Date: December 20, 2013

Length: 15 min

Fed’s ‘Operation Twist,’ Explained In 4 Easy Steps   Leave a comment

twistLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/09/21/140643696/operation-twist-explained-in-4-easy-steps

Summary: How does the Fed lower interest rates? This podcast gives a quick, four step process on how the Fed can lower interest rates in order to combat unemployment.

Original Air Date: September 21, 2011

Length: 4 min