Monthly Archives: August 2009

Summer of Protest: Why Democrats Should Be Glad They're Tanking Now

Today's special all-politics edition of Coffee and Markets with Brad Jackson of TNL's WHIP (What's Happening In Politics) blog focuses on the 2009 state races and the 2010 political scene, and asks the question: Have Democrats tanked too early for Republicans to benefit?

Obama's Confusing Health Care Town Hall

Francis Cianfrocca joins Ben Domenech for the Wednesday, August 12th edition of Coffee & Markets, a series of brief morning podcasts on politics and the marketplace. Today's podcast concerns President Obama's wade into the world of health care town halls, and what the marketplace expects from his vague health care insurance reform package.

The Fear Index, the Futures Market, and the Economy's Future

Today's discussion on Coffee and Markets concerns the Fear Index, the Futures Market, and the media's coverage of the next three months of the economy. VIX and other fascinating Wall Street matters are reduced and explained via football gambling analogies. Listen and learn.

As the Economy Turns, Who Should Get the Credit? Who Will?

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast primarily focuses on a David Leonhardt piece in the New York Times on who gets the credit for the apparent financial turnaround -- or at least keeping things from getting worse.

Today's Job Numbers and the Anniversary of the Financial Crisis

Today's podcast concerns the anniversary of the beginning of the financial crisis and the job statistics released this morning: what they mean for the economy, what they mean politically, and whether they mean the current recession is finally coming to an end.

Toxic Assets and the New Immortal Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Francis Cianfrocca joins Ben Domenech for the Thursday, August 6th edition of Coffee and Markets, a series of brief morning podcasts on politics and the marketplace. Today's podcast concerns Tim Geithner, Hank Paulson, and the planned remake of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Paul Volcker, the SEC, and Regulating Money Market Funds

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast concerns SEC regulation of money market mutual funds, and how it's part of a continued expansion of government into the marketplace.

The Unexpected Success of Cash For Clunkers

Can a stimulus program's success turn out to be bad for the marketplace? Today's Coffee and Markets podcast concerns the Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program, the reasons the experts were wrong, and its unexpected consequences for the government and for consumers.

Will Obama Have to Raise Taxes? Tim Geithner Thinks He Will

Monday's edition of Coffee & Markets concerns Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's appearance this weekend, where he wouldn't rule out reversing President Obama's promises on tax increases as part of an economic recovery strategy.