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The Ascent of Money
The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money

Maintain economic security and relieve money issues with tips from the financially-savvy.

57m 44s

The Ascent of Money Episode 4: Planet Finance

In the final episode, Niall Ferguson chronicles the spread of good and bad financial practices across the globe, the meteoric rise of the American real estate market, and the consequences of the subprime mortgage fiasco.

56m 14s

The Ascent of Money Episode 3: Risky Business

Economist and historian Niall Ferguson examines the roots of the insurance industry in Europe; how disasters like Hurricane Katrina expose problems in risk management; how countries like Japan and Chile manage risk for their citizens; and the great rewards that can be accumulated through risk with hedge funds.

55m 49s

Part 4: Planet Finance

TV-PG

Niall Ferguson chronicles the spread of good -- and bad -- financial practices across the globe, and the consequences for all of us.

56m 4s

Part 3: Risky Business

TV-PG

The roots of the insurance industry in Europe; disasters like Hurricane Katrina expose problems in risk management; the history of hedge funds.

55m 36s

Part 2: Bonds of War

TV-PG

Niall Ferguson documents the rise of modern finance in Europe and its expansion into the Far East, including the ascendancy of the Rothschilds and bond markets, and the decline of Europe's landed aristocracy.

56m 8s

Part 1: From Bullion to Bubbles

TV-PG

Economist and historian Niall Ferguson examines the current global financial crisis in the context of the financial history of the West, Topics in this episode include: the beginnings of moneylending, stocks, bonds and credit.

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