Stocks, bonds, derivatives, subprime mortgages — it’s enough to make your head spin. How do you keep up with the news and understand what is happening?

  • For daily news, check out key newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Search The New York Times by author to find business and financial editor Gretchen Morgenson’s columns.
  • For daily coverage of the financial crisis in different parts of the United States and around the world, try Press Display, where you can find full-image access to the current editions of newspapers.
  • To read the The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the bill that failed to pass the House on September 29, 2008, go to THOMAS, where you can also track legislation and congressional activity.
  • National Public Radio covers the economic news in Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Market Place. The hourlong program “The Giant Pool of Money” aired on This American Life, May 9, 2008, and provides excellent and understandable background material on how the financial crisis occurred. Alex Blumberg and NPR’s Adam Davidson, who were responsible for the program, will have a follow up report this weekend, October 4, 2008. Alex and Adam have a free daily Planet Money podcast and blog.

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