Econ 101: July 18, 2012

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  • Investors are essentially paying several countries to borrow money. [Financial Times]
  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke provided few clues yesterday during testimony before Congress about whether the Fed is prepared to do more to boost the economy. [Reuters]
  • An executive for the mega-bank HSBC resigned during a Senate hearing yesterday, following allegations that the bank laundered money for Mexican drug cartels. [Financial Times]
  • Middle age Americans are struggling the most to pay back their student loans, according to new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Senate Democrats are proposing a plan that would let the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire, while not forcing the GOP to vote for a tax increase. [New York Times]
  • The Obama administration today unveiled a $1 billion plan to reward high-performing teachers. [Associated Press]
  • Retail groups believe that their push to implement a national online sales tax is gaining momentum. [The Hill]