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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.


#307: Toxie's Back!

September 21st, 2011

Episode 410 of 902 episodes

On today's show: Toxie, Planet Money's pet toxic asset, died last year. But we learned recently that she may rise from the grave.And she could theoretically earn us $75,000 — which is astonishing, given that we bought her for only $1,000. If we do make a profit, all the money will go to charity.Toxie was (is!) a mortgage-backed security — one of the complicated financial instruments that were the heart of the financial crisis. When we bought Toxie, we bought into a pool of thousands of mortgages around the United States.Recently, that particular pool became the subject of a lawsuit.According to the lawsuit, the mortgages in the pool were a lot shoddier than they were supposed to be.

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