A Tale of Two Cities… and One Mall

Half of the Valley Fair Mall is in Santa Clara, CA while the other half is in San Jose. Because San Jose has a minimum wage of $10.15 while Santa Clara’s is $8.00, the stores at the mall have a problem. Minimum…

Inflation Stories

Arrive at a supermarket at the same time everyday? Require cash instead of credit?  Stop making beer? Why? The answer to each question is INFLATION. We are told that the Fed is always worried about inflation. If you know that…

Mortgage Backed Securities (Insecurities)

NPR’s Planet Money has been looking for the people behind a mortgage backed security. The story, almost like a page turner mystery, began with a $1,000 purchase. With $1,000, Planet Money reporters purchased a tiny piece of a mortgage backed security composed…