September 30, 2008 Yes Caterpillar, the company that makes all that construction and mining equipment. They have an A credit rating. Meaning it should be pretty safe to lend them money.
September 30, 2008 The credit crunch is certainly hurting banks. A lack of trust (OK, let's call it fear) is making it hard for them to raise money by issuing bonds. But if you're someplace like Microsoft? These are great times. You can offer bonds that barely pay a...
September 28, 2008 While lawmakers announced they reached a tentative agreement in the bailout deal, some economists say the system doesn't need a $700 billion fix.
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September 26, 2008 Years before Ben Bernanke became Fed chairman, he worked on an elaborate computer model of the economy. You can ask it useful questions like "How bad will things get if there isn't a bailout?" Find out what it has to say in a
September 26, 2008 A set of equations drawn up in the 1980s by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke considered the effects of shocks to the financial system. A co-creator says that the model predicts disaster if there's not a quick intervention, and it guided Bernanke to take action now.
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September 23, 2008 Last week, the Treasury Department said it would offer government insurance for money market funds. Later, the Securities and Exchange Commission banned short-selling of financial stocks. Both measures drew criticism and were then revised.
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September 23, 2008 I went to a conference on risk analysis yesterday, but most of the chairs were empty. Presumably the risk analysts were off fixing their equations.
September 22, 2008 We just aired this piece I did about the "fear index" which does actually measure anxiety about the stock market. (Surprisingly, it's not as high now as it was during the 198
September 21, 2008 Little known outside of financial circles, the volatility index, or VIX, gives brokers a sense of how frightened the market is. They even trade bets on whether the VIX will climb or fall.
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September 19, 2008 The Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily banned short-selling of financial stocks yesterday.
September 19, 2008 Treasury Sec. Henry Paulson has announced that next week the government will release a massive new plan to control the financial crisis. The plan will involve hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.
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September 19, 2008 Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, in announcing the mother-of-all-bailouts just now said:
September 19, 2008 It's an old question, but one being asked a lot these days. How much of the collapse is just fear?
September 18, 2008 Just got off the phone with Jeff Frankel Harvard economist and former White House adviser. We talked about the various financial indicators that measure what you could call fear in the marketplace.
September 18, 2008 How scared are the markets?
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