Monthly Archives: September 2009

Ethics and Economics: The Morality of Innovation

On Edmund Phelps: "When the word morality comes up in connection with economics, income distribution and financial stability are usually the issues. Is it moral for rich countries to use such a high proportion of the world’s resources or for investment bankers to earn large bonuses? And is it moral for financial markets to experiment with volatile derivatives that increase the potential for panics?"

Why Can't Governments Borrow Forever?

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the latest news from the markets, the reelection of Angela Merkel in Germany, a discussion on inflation and sucker's rallies, and the question: why can't the government just keep borrowing forever?

Will the Dollar Be G20's First Victim?

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on currency issues and the decline of the dollar in the global marketplace. Considering Chancellor Merkel's re-election, the ascendancy of the Yen, and the proclamations of Pittsburgh, what's coming next?

Shadow Banking and the Financial Markets

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on today's news from the Commerce Department and the regulator's latest report about the dangers of shadow banking and the surge in loan losses.

The Fed's Decision and Job Growth

In today's Coffee and Markets podcast we'll be discussing the outcome of the Fed's decision on interest rates, as well as a look back at what the stimulus package has accomplished or not accomplished after six months.

What's the Fed Going to Do Today?

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on what today's Federal Reserve meeting in Washington will bring in terms of ramifications for the economy, interest rates, and the housing market.

The UN Climate Summit and the Global Economy

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on what today's summit in New York on climate change and global warming, China and India's priorities, the accusations against the administration, and what it all means for the global economy.

The End of Inflation and the Federal Reserve

Today's podcast focuses on what the Federal Reserve's meeting in the next week will bring in terms of ramifications for the stock market and the global economy.

Paul Volcker on Risk and Commercial Banks

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on comments this week from Paul Volcker about taxpayer money, commercial banks, risk, and the road back from the crisis.

What's in Max Baucus's Health Care Plan?

Francis Cianfrocca joins Ben Domenech for the Thursday, September 17th edition of Coffee and Markets. Today we're going to spend a good amount of time discussing Senator Max Baucus's Chairman's mark to the health care bill, released yesterday in the Senate.

Is Bernanke Right About the Recession?

Today's podcast focuses on the question: Are happy days here again? With the announcement from Ben Bernanke that the recession is over, what does that mean for the stock market, for Washington, and for the unemployed?

What Obama Got Wrong at Federal Hall

Today's Coffee and Markets podcast focuses on the president's remarks at Federal Hall on Wall Street, the financial sector, and the beauty of regulation. Why did the president skip the lessons we've learned from the past several months in favor of scoring political points?