Not so funny money

It seems that American comedians are responsible for the big financial news stories nowadays.

Jay Leno, the host of the Tonight Show on NBC, offered free tickets to his show in Michigan to unemployed people in Detroit as part of his “comedy stimulus” package. He was then outraged to find some of the tickets being sold on eBay.

Those who are not distracted by such frivolous matters can watch the appearance by Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, on CBS’s 60 minutes documentary.

For those who are really highbrow – or arguably without a life – Joseph Stiglitz’s report (PDF) to the United Nations on principles for a new financial architecture is available online (see 11 March post).