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Banking is the business of providing financial services such as lending money, safeguarding deposits and managing investments for consumers and businesses. Banks are the main financial institutions that provide banking services. Banks play a critical role in the way goods and services are purchased by providing a medium of exchange (cash, checks, credit cards). Banks also channelize flow of money to productive use in the society by accepting deposits from savers and lending to borrowers, allowing the economy to grow.
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What is Money?
Grade: 6 - 12
What is Money? What is a dollar? Sure, it allows us to buy things like food, cars, and iPods; yet, most of us don't really understand money beyond that. This lesson not only provides an understandable definition, but also explains what gives our green pieces of paper value, and what dangers any currency must face.
6:15
 

Money Creation
Grade: 8 - 12
Understanding how money is created provides a foundation for appreciating the implications of our massive levels of debt, because it tells us how that debt came into being. As John Kenneth Galbraith once said, 'The process by which money is created is so simple, the mind is repelled.' This lesson walks us through this simple process of fractional reserve banking.
4:20
 

A Brief History of U.S. Money
Grade: 8 - 12
Beginning with the panic of 1913, this lesson touches on important events in the history of US money, such as the creation of the Federal reserve, FDR's confiscation of private gold, the Bretton Woods agreement, and Nixon's slamming of the gold window.
7:25
 

The Fed and Money Creation
Grade: 8 - 12
This lesson explains money creation by the Federal Reserve. By understanding the way the banking system works, we will be in a better position to make informed decisions about what is likely to transpire and take meaningful actions to enhance our prospects.
7:25
 

Inflation
Grade: 8 - 12
This lesson establishes inflation as a monetary phenomenon, defined as the decrease of the value of money, caused by too much money around in relation to goods and services.
11:50
 

Debt
Grade: 8 - 12
This lesson explains how, since debt is a claim on future money, it is therefore a claim on future human labor. To put it simply, debt is future consumption taken today.
12:35
 

How Much is a Trillion?
Grade: 8 - 12
Recently, we have gotten used to hearing the word 'trillion.' From trillions of dollars of government debt to trillion dollar bailout packages, we are spending enormous sums of money. This lesson explains how much a trillion is using a few examples.
3:30
 

Banking
Grade: 8 - 12
Introduction to how banks make money and the value they (potentially) add to society.
11:50
 

How Money is Created?
Grade: 8 - 12
How Money Is Created? This highly informative and easy to understand film covers just about everything that isn't taught in school regarding the banking system.
11:00
 

Understanding Money and Banking : What is Money?
Grade: 8 - 12
The lesson explains the nature of money and banking as it has never been explained to you before.
18:35
 

How the Federal Reserve Works, part 1
Grade: 8 - 12
Documentary On The Federal Reserve (The Fed). Learn about hyperinflation, inflation, federal reserve, big government, US Dollar.
10:05
 

How the Federal Reserve Works, part 2
Grade: 8 - 12
9:35
 

How the Federal Reserve Works, part 3
Grade: 8 - 12
6:15
 

How the Federal Reserve Works, part 4
Grade: 8 - 12
4:35
 

How the Federal Reserve Works, part 5
Grade: 8 - 12
10:50
 

The Federal Reserve System Explained - part 1
Grade: 8 - 12
A presentation on the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States.
9:55
 

The Federal Reserve System Explained - part 2
Grade: 8 - 12
8:55
 

Money - A Brief History Of The American Dollar - part 1
Grade: 8 - 12
Educational video explaining the Constitutional and legal history of the US Dollar. This video shows many examples of all the money the United States has produced since the very beginning.
8:55
 

Money - A Brief History Of The American Dollar - part 2
Grade: 8 - 12
4:30
 

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