Mind Over Money

In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, NOVA presents “Mind Over Money”—an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008 and why we so often make irrational financial decisions. The program reveals how our emotions interfere with our decision-making and explores controversial new arguments about the world of finance. In the face of … [ Read more ]

The Invention of Money on This American Life

Five reporters stumbled on what seems like a basic question: What is money? The unsettling answer they found: Money is fiction. [Hat tip to FinanceProfessor.com]

Creating value: An Interactive Tutorial

In this video presentation, McKinsey partner Tim Koller explores the four guiding principles of corporate finance that all executives can use to home in on value creation when they make strategic decisions.

Revenge of the Laffer Curve

“…the Laffer Curve simply reveals that higher tax rates will lead to less taxable income (or that lower tax rates will lead to more taxable income) and that it is an empirical matter to figure out the degree to which the change in tax revenue resulting from the shift in the tax rate is offset by the change in tax revenue caused by the shift … [ Read more ]

Money As Debt

A somewhat controversial, but nonetheless interesting attempt to explain exactly what money is, how it is created, etc.

Benoit Mandelbrot Critiques the “Efficient Markets” Hypothesis

In a fascinating in-depth interview with John Authers, 85-year old mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot discusses his now 40-year old groundbreaking critique of the “efficient markets” hypothesis and why new theories on price movement discontinuities are needed after the credit crunch. [Hat Tip to FinanceProfessor.com]

Editor’s Note: there are two parts to this video so after watching the first wait for the second to automatically load and begin … [ Read more ]

Greg Davies on Behavioural Finance

The head of Behavioural Finance at Barclays Wealth says hot-brained humans often buy and sell right when they shouldn’t.

1929 Wall Street Stock Market Crash

The most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States;
Its from a PBS documentary. This particular part is from episode 5 of the series titled Cosmopolis. [Hat tip to FinanceProfessor.com]

Money Factory

Money: everyone wants it, dreams of it and schemes for it. Find out how U.S. currency is made, faked and protected, and meet the mastermind behind one of the biggest counterfeit operations in U.S. history. [Hat tip to FinanceProfessor.com]

Uncorking CDOs (Collateralized Debt Obligations)

Marketplace Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch gives a bubbly explanation of the intricacies of collateralized debt obligations – those financial instruments that got us into this financial mess. [Hat tip to FinanceProfessor.com]

Also included is an excellent video presentation by Jonathan Jarvis which explains the credit crisis.

A Firsthand Look at Search Funds

Search funds allow an aspiring entrepreneur to raise money to fund them while they look for a company to buy. Four experienced entrepreneurs offer firsthand view of search funds. [Video 1hr:14]