How the Fed Helped Harley

Have you ever thought about how, every month or every week, businesses have money for paychecks? One answer is commercial paper. It is amazing that commercial paper is central to so much economic acti…

QE2: Pros and Cons

Reminding us that there is no such thing as a free lunch, The Washington Post has an excellent interactive summary of the pros and cons of a QE2 impact. But first…what is QE2? Through a second r…

Where is QE2 Going?

Did you ever wonder how things really happen? We read about quantitative easing and hear some gigantic number but then…what? Who does it and how? In a Planet Money podcast, journalists visit the…

What Does Quantitative Easing Do?

A quantitative easing limerick: “I’m afraid,” said Bernanke to Geithner, “The debt crisis still has lots of bite in ‘er. Though it may cause some ranklin’ I’l…

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