Chris Arnold http://redriverradio.org en Should We Kill The $100 Bill? http://redriverradio.org/post/should-we-kill-100-bill Of all the U.S. currency in the world, nearly 80 percent is in $100 bills. That's about a trillion dollars.<p>Some people want to get rid of the bill altogether. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 48648 at http://redriverradio.org Should We Kill The $100 Bill? Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds http://redriverradio.org/post/some-public-pension-funds-making-big-bets-hedge-funds Public pension funds have been doing something new in recent years — investing in hedge funds.<p>Hedge funds are often secretive investment firms led by supposedly supersmart fund managers. Though, sometimes they implode spectacularly — think <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/business/worldbusiness/07iht-07ltcm.15941880.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">Long-Term Capital Management</a>. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 48050 at http://redriverradio.org Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds In June Jobs Numbers, Signs For Optimism http://redriverradio.org/post/june-jobs-numbers-signs-optimism Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. There are plenty of Fourth of July references being tossed around about the latest economic numbers. Some analysts call the new report early fireworks, others caution hold the fireworks. But overall, the news is positive. The Labor Department says employers added 288,000 new jobs last month - more than expected. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent. And that's the lowest unemployment rate since 2008. The stock market hit an all-time high. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 46692 at http://redriverradio.org Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists http://redriverradio.org/post/housing-market-fake-outs-stump-economists Many homebuyers have been throwing down cold hard cash for their entire house purchase in recent years. Some are baby-boomers who sold a bigger house and are downsizing. Some are investors. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 46472 at http://redriverradio.org Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists Sluggish Housing Market A Product Of Millions Of 'Missing Households' http://redriverradio.org/post/housing-market-sluggish-due-millions-missing-households A year ago, the housing market looked like it was finally recovering. Sales and prices were picking up. But then home sales fizzled. Currently, they are down about 7 percent from last spring.<p>A big part of why housing remains so stunted is that there are more than 2 million "missing households" in the U.S. That's how economists describe the fact that fewer people are striking out on their own to find places to live.<p>Instead of renting an apartment or buying a home, a large number of Americans in their 20s and early 30s are living with family or tripling up with roommates. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 45953 at http://redriverradio.org Sluggish Housing Market A Product Of Millions Of 'Missing Households'