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Credit cards and loans : Payday Loans

By: Sal Khan

How Payday lending works

Most of us have borrowed to buy something. Credit cards, in particular, can be quite convenient (but dangerous if not used in moderation). This tutorial explains credit card interest, how credit card companies make money and a far more silly way of borrow

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2008 Bank bailout : Bailout 3: Book value vs. market value

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What it means when the market value of a stock is different from its book value.

In 2008, the entire financial system was at a potential breaking point because of a popping housing bubble. This tutorial breaks down how the government attempted to address this (historical note: Sal made these videos as the crisis was unfolding).

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Chinese currency and U.S. debt : Floating Exchange Resolving Trade...

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Floating Exchange Resolving Trade Imbalance

This tutorial contains short videos that explain how China and the United States are intertwined through currency and debt. This is key for understanding the current global macro picture.

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Quantative easing : Open market operations and Quantitative Easing...

By: Sal Khan

Basic difference between traditional open market operations and quantitative easing.

You know that the Federal Reserve (or central banks in general) controls the money supply and short-term interest rates. But how exactly do they do this. Even more, how is quantitative easing different than regular open market operations. This tutorial

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Credit default swaps : Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction

By: Sal Khan

Why Warren Buffett called Credit Default Swaps financial weapons of mass destruction

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Forward and futures contracts : Interpreting Futures Fair Value in...

By: Sal Khan

How to interpret the market price of a futures contract relative to the fair value in the premarket

In many commodities markets, it is very helpful for buyers or sellers to lock-in future prices. This is what both forwards and futures allow for. This tutorial explains how they work and what the difference is between the two.

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Forward and futures contracts : Arbitraging Futures Contract

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In many commodities markets, it is very helpful for buyers or sellers to lock-in future prices. This is what both forwards and futures allow for. This tutorial explains how they work and what the difference is between the two.

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Bonds : Treasury Bond Prices and Yields

By: Sal Khan

Why yields go down when prices go up

Both corporations and governments can borrow money by selling bonds. This tutorial explains how this works and how bond prices relate to interest rates. In general, understanding this not only helps you with your own investing, but gives you a lens on the

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Deflation : Deflation Despite Increases in Money Supply

By: Sal Khan

How you can have deflation even if the money supply increases

Prices don't always go up. They often go down. This might seem like a good thing, but it could be disastrous for a modern economy is it goes too far. This tutorial explains what deflation is, how it happens and what the effects of it might be.

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Geithner Plan : Geithner Plan II

By: Sal Khan

More on the Geithner Plan. The problem of banks buying the assets from themselves.

The poop really started to hit the fan in the fall of 2008. When the new administration took office in early 2009, the poop was still there. This is tutorial explains an attempt--probably not a well thought out one--to clean the poop and slow the fan. Vid

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Life insurance : Term Life Insurance and Death Probability

By: Sal Khan

Understanding an insurance company's sense of my chances of dying.

It is a bit of a downer to think about, but we are all going to die. Do we care what happens to our loved ones (if they really are loved than the answer is obvious). This tutorial walks us through the options to insure our families against losing us. Th

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Depreciation and amortization : Amortization and Depreciation

By: Sal Khan

Comparing depreciation and amortization

How do you account for things that get used up or a cost that should be spread over time. This tutorial has your answer. Depreciation and amortization might sound fancy, but you'll hopefully find them to be quite understandable.

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Bonds : Introduction to the yield curve

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Introduction to the treasury yield curve.

Both corporations and governments can borrow money by selling bonds. This tutorial explains how this works and how bond prices relate to interest rates. In general, understanding this not only helps you with your own investing, but gives you a lens on the

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Hedge funds : Hedge Funds Intro

By: Sal Khan

Overview of how hedge funds are different than mutual funds

Hedge funds have absolutely nothing to do with shrubbery. Their name comes from the fact that early hedge funds (and some current ones) tried to hedge their exposure to the market (so they could, in theory, do well in an up or down market as long as

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Credit Crisis : Wealth Destruction 1

By: Sal Khan

How bubbles destroy wealth.

This tutorial talks about how the housing-bubble-induced credit crisis unfolded with a focus on the derivative securities that helped pump the bubble.

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Banking and Money : Banking 10: Introduction to leverage (bad sound)

By: Sal Khan

What leverage is. Why it is is good or bad. Leverage and insolvency.

We all use money and most of us use banks. Despite this, the actual working of the banking system is a bit of a mystery to most (especially fractional reserve banking). This older tutorial (bad handwriting and resolution) starts from a basic society looki

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Mortgage-backed securities : Mortgage Back Security Overview

By: Sal Khan

Basics of how a mortgage back security works

What started out as a creative way to spread risk ended up fueling a monster housing bubble. This tutorial explains what mortgage-backed securities are and how they work.

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Continuous compound interest and e : Introduction to compound inte...

By: Sal Khan

Compounding interest multiple times a year.

This is an older tutorial (notice the low-res, bad handwriting) about one of the coolest numbers in reality and how it falls out of our innate desire to compound interest continuously.

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Capacity utilization and inflation : Economics of a Cupcake Factory

By: Sal Khan

Economics of a simple business leading up to a discussion on inflation/deflation. Touching on income statements.

This tutorial starts with a very micro view of when firms decide to raise (or lower prices). It then jumps back to the macro view to discuss how capacity utilization can impact prices.

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Credit default swaps : Use Cases for Credit Default Swaps

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How credit default swaps can be used as hedges, insurance or side-bets

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