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Modern Banking - Understanding the financial Crisis

In this series of 16 short Youtubes (5-7mins) Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch ( MarketPlace )
explains all You need to know to understand modern banking and
the present financial crisis. An invaluable source of wisdom

necessary to protect you private finances.

Most economists agree that inflation of 2% or 3%
is a natural function of a growing economy.
But people are worried government stimulus measures could spark much higher inflation

Interest rates
Confused about the theory of how interest rates
can affect economic growth?
Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch is here
with a handy analogy
Untangling credit default swaps
When the analysts and experts talk about the current financial crisis, they often refer to "credit default swaps." So, what exactly is a credit default swap? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch goes to the whiteboard for this explanation

Over-the-counter derivatives
Credit default swaps have worsened market anxiety because they are conducted in the over-the-counter market, where regulations are few and information about risk is often hidden. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency,
first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them
will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless
on the continent their fathers conquered."  
Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States

Why 'bad banks' might be a good thing
Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's latest plan to get the economy moving -- and the risk involved.

markets have deteriorated, "write-downs" have figured prominently in more and more corporate reports. What are write-downs all about? Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Shadow banking: still big, still dangerous
The part of the financial system that lends the most money to America remains almost untouched by regulation. It's shadow banking.

How the big banks make the big bucks
We keep hearing the banks aren't lending. The truth is they are lending, and making a lot of money doing it, thanks in large part to one very special borrower.
Financial alchemy
Many asset-backed securities have been downgraded from AAA recently. But at least one issuer has miraculously repackaged a downgraded deal to make some of its bonds worth a AAA rating again.

Five little PIIGS. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch
explains why problems with certain
European countries' sovereign debt
could blow the house down.
A look inside hedge funds
Hedge funds used to occupy a dark, undisturbed corner of the financial world, but over the last year they've been thrown under the spotlight. Still, many people don't know exactly what hedge funds are, or what hedging actually means. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.

Counterparty risk
Europe is teetering on the edge of a credit crisis, and markets all around the world are tumbling as investors worry about contagion. It's all about banks not trusting each other, as Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.
Mark to market
There's a debate in financial circles over whether banks are unfairly penalized by the requirement that they "mark to market" their holdings. Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what that term means.

Quantitative easing
Now the Federal Reserve has effectively cut the target lending rate to zero, it only has one more weapon in its arsenal. Quantitative easing. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains what this "nuclear option" it is,
and what the Fed hopes it'll do.
Leveraging and deleveraging
Leveraging -- or borrowing -- has been cited as one of the contributors to the financial crisis.
Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how the move to deleverage -- or reduce debt -- is prompting
wild market swings and concerns about deflation

Beware the carry trade!
With interest rates in the U.S. at historic lows, some economists are worried that Americans involved in the carry trade could drive down the value of the dollar. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains
how the carry trade works, and why some people
are worried about its return to the markets.
More videos in this series here

Economics & Business Principles explained
by Athens' best
economics Tutor in
26 You-tubes of
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Economics & Business Principles
Essential knowledge for
an excellent
recollection for expert students
and a must
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Supply, Demand, & Elasticity
The basic law of Supply &  Demand - Elasticity
Consumer Surplus
Producer Surplus
Price Elasticity
of Demand - part 1
Price Elasticity
of Demand - part 2
Income Elasticity
of Demand
through Tariffs
through Quotas
Monopolistic Competition
is monopoly bad?
  Labour Supply
Keynes vs. Monetarist
Laffer Curve
Lorenz Curves &
Gini Coefficient
Phillips Curve
Revenue Curves
for Firms
Cost Curves
for Firms
Break Even charts
for Business
Opportunity Cost
Negative Externalities
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