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2011-2012 Greek Debt Crisis : How and why Greece would leave the E...

By: Sal Khan

The pain and mechanics of leaving the Euro

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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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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Banking and Money : Banking 17: What happened to the gold?

By: Sal Khan

Getting off the gold standard. A short discussion of the meaning of wealth.

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 3: Book value vs. market value

By: Sal Khan

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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Cash versus accrual accounting : Cash Accounting

By: Sal Khan

Simple example of cash accounting

Just keeping track of cash that goes in and out of a business doesn't always reflect what's going on. This tutorial compares cash and accrual accounting. Very valuable if you ever plan on starting or investing in any type of business (you might also disco

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Put and call options : American Call Options

By: Sal Khan

American Call Options

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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Quantative easing : Fed Open Market Operations

By: Sal Khan

Fed Open Market Operations

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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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 II

By: Sal Khan

Part II of the introduction to 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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Banking and Money : The Discount Rate

By: Sal Khan

The discount rate and window. Lender of last resort.

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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Life insurance : Term and Whole Life Insurance Policies

By: Sal Khan

Overview of the difference between term and whole life insurance policies

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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Cash versus accrual accounting : Accrual Basis of Accounting

By: Sal Khan

Simple example of accrual accounting

Just keeping track of cash that goes in and out of a business doesn't always reflect what's going on. This tutorial compares cash and accrual accounting. Very valuable if you ever plan on starting or investing in any type of business (you might also disco

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Inflation basics : CPI Index

By: Sal Khan

Discussion of inflation, the CPI index and owners' equivalent rent.

$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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2008 Bank bailout : Bailout 12: Lone Star Transaction

By: Sal Khan

A real life example of a transaction involving CDOs.

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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Investment and consumption : Back of Envelope Office Space Conundrum

By: Sal Khan

Back of the envelope calculation of which office space to rent

When are you using capital to create more things (investment) vs. for consumption (we all need to consume a bit to be happy). When you do invest, how do you compare risk to return? Can capital include human abilities? This tutorial hodge-podge covers it a

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Corporate metrics and valuation : Earnings and EPS

By: Sal Khan

Earnings, EPS (earnings per share) and how they relate to the income statement and balance sheet

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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Renting vs. buying a home : Renting vs. Buying a home

By: Sal Khan

The math of renting vs. buying a home. Challenging the notion that it is always better to buy.

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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Quantative easing : Quantitative Easing

By: Sal Khan

Overview of 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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Forward and futures contracts : Contango

By: Sal Khan

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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Understanding company statements and capital structure : Market Va...

By: Sal Khan

Market value of assets.

If you understand what a stock is (also a good idea to look at the topic on accounting and financial statements), then you're ready to dig in a bit on a company's actual financials. This tutorial does this to help you understand what the price of a compan

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