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Banking and Money : Banking 14: Fed Funds Rate

By: Sal Khan

How open market operations effect the rate at which banks lend to each other overnight.

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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Corporate metrics and valuation : Enterprise Value

By: Sal Khan

Solving the P/E conundrum by looking at a different valuation metric (enterprise value)

Life is full of people who will try to convince you that something is a good or bad idea by spouting technical jargon. Most of them have no idea what they are talking about. Don't be one of those people or their victims when it comes to stocks. From P/E r

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Banking and Money : FRB Commentary 2: Deposit Insurance

By: Sal Khan

More on the weaknesses of fractional reserve banking. The FDIC and deposit insurance and its side effects.

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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2008 Bank bailout : Bailout 9: Paulson's Plan

By: Sal Khan

What Paulson wants to do and why I don't like it.

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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Corporate taxation : Corporations and Limited Liability

By: Sal Khan

Why people set up corporations

In exchange for being treated as a person-like-legal entity (and the limited liability this gives for its owners), most corporations pay taxes. This tutorial focuses on what corporations are, double taxation and a few ways that multinationals might try

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Renting vs. buying a home : Renting vs. Buying (detailed analysis)

By: Sal Khan

Detailed analysis of the rent vs. buy decision.

Is it always better to buy than rent? What if home prices go up dramatically and rents don't? How can we compare home prices to rents to figure out what to do. This older tutorial (low-res, bad handwriting) walks us through this. It is about housing but s

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Put and call options : Option Expiration and Price

By: Sal Khan

Option Expiration and Price

Options allow investors and speculators to hedge downside (or upside). It allows them to trade on a belief that prices will change a lot--just not clear about direction. It allows them to benefit in any market (with leverage) if they speculate correctly.

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Geithner Plan : Geithner Plan III

By: Sal Khan

Constructing an investment where an investor gets the same upside while the program limits the downside.

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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Foreign exchange and trade : Carry Trade Basics

By: Sal Khan

The mechanics of the carry trade

This tutorial walks through how China's undervaluing of its currency impacts trade and prices (which also fuels cheap borrowing for the U. S. ).

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Shorting stock : Shorting Stock

By: Sal Khan

What does it mean to short a stock?

Cane you sell something that you borrowed from someone else? Why, yes, you can and it is called shorting. Why would you do this? Well, you can now make money if the price goes down. Is this bad? This tutorial has your answers.

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Credit Crisis : Wealth Destruction 2

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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2011-2012 Greek Debt Crisis : Why Europe is worried about Greece

By: Sal Khan

Why the Greek situation is scary for Europe as a whole

The Greek government incurred debt beyond its means but didn't have control over its own currency to inflate away its obligations. From austerity, to a bailout, to leaving the Eurozone, none of the options looked great. In this tutorial, Sal walks through

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Banking and Money : Banking 3: Fractional Reserve Banking

By: Sal Khan

Fractional reserve banking and the multiplier effect. Introduction to the money supply.

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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Inflation basics : What is Inflation

By: Sal Khan

The basics of what price inflation is and how the CPI-U is calculated

$1 went a lot further in 1900 than today (you could probably buy a good meal for the family for $1 back then). Why? And how to we measure how-more-expensive-things-have-gotten (i. e. , inflation)?

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Credit Crisis : Mortgage-backed securities III

By: Sal Khan

More on mortgage-backed securities

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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Foreign exchange and trade : Debt Loops Rationale and Effects

By: Sal Khan

Positive and negative effects of China's devaluing of their currency

This tutorial walks through how China's undervaluing of its currency impacts trade and prices (which also fuels cheap borrowing for the U. S. ).

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Quantative easing : More on Quantitative Easing (and Credit Easing)

By: Sal Khan

Understanding the difference between quantitative easing in Japan and the United States

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 Crisis : Housing price conundrum (part 2)

By: Sal Khan

How lower lending standards led to housing price inflation.

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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Retirement accounts: IRAs and 401ks : 401(k)s

By: Sal Khan

401(k)s (and how they compare to IRAs)

The government apparently wants us to save for retirement (not always obvious because it also wants us to spend as much as possible to pump the economy going into the next election cycle). To encourage this, it has created some ways to save that avoid or

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Personal bankruptcy : Personal Bankruptcy: Chapters 7 and 13

By: Sal Khan

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy. This video was sponsored by Visa, but I had complete editorial freedom as to its contents.

Back in the day (like medieval Europe), you would actually be thrown in jail if you couldn't pay your debts (debtor's prison). That seemed like a pretty awful thing to do (not to mention that lenders are much less likely to be paid by someone rotting in p

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