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The ascent of money

Author: Niall FergusonMelanie FallAdrian PenninkAndy HalperStephen SegallerAll authors
Publisher: [London] : Chimerica Media Ltd. ; [Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Complete 4 hour versionView all editions and formats
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Based on professor Niall Ferguson's best-selling book "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World" in which he predicted the current economic crisis delves into how the complex system of global finance evolved over the centuries, how money has shaped the course of human affairs and how the mechanics of this economic system work to create seemingly unlimited wealth--or catastrophic loss. By the beginning  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Nonfiction television programs
Television adaptations
Closed caption video recordings
History
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Niall Ferguson; Melanie Fall; Adrian Pennink; Andy Halper; Stephen Segaller; Simon Berthon; William Grant; Gareth Armstrong; Richard Lintern; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); Chimerica Media.; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); PBS Home Video.; PBS Distribution (Firm)
ISBN: 0793670934 9780793670932
OCLC Number: 429642888
Language Note: In English; closed-captioned.
Notes: Special features: PBS.org [text feature].
Credits: Director of photography, Dewald Aukema, additional photography, Vaughan Matthews ; composer, Steven Severin, additional music, Jack Ketch ; editors, Orly Danon, Elliot McCaffrey, Matt Platts-Mills, Duncan Thomsen ; archive researcher, Alison McAllen.
Performer(s): Presenter, Professor Niall Ferguson; Episode 1 & 3 cast: Gareth Armstrong (Shylock), Richard Lintern (Bassanio).
Event notes: Reorganized 4-hour edition aired in July 2009.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 240 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16:9, televisions.
Contents: Episode 1. From bullion to bubbles --
Introduction --
The beginnings of money --
Credit --
The Medicis & money lending --
Bonds --
Stocks --
John Law's scheme --
Credits (56 min.) --
Episode 2. Bonds of war --
Introduction --
John Law and the Mississippi bubble --
The Rothschilds --
The Battle of Waterloo --
The American Civil War --
Real estate --
Emerging markets --
Credits (55 min.) --
Episode 3. Risky business --
Introduction --
The limits of modern insurance --
The origins of insurance --
The welfare state --
Milton Friedman --
Chile's economic collapse --
Hedging bets --
Derivatives --
Credits (56 min.) --
Episode 4. Planet finance --
Introduction --
Property owning democracy --
The S & L scandal --
Global finance --
Sub-prime countries --
Micro-finance --
Chimerica --
Credits (55 min.).
Other Titles: Ascent of money : a financial history of the world
Responsibility: PBS ; a co-production of Chimerica Media Limited and THIRTEEN in association with WNET ; written and presented by Niall Ferguson ; series producer, Melanie Fall ; series director, Adrian Pennink.

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Based on professor Niall Ferguson's best-selling book "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World" in which he predicted the current economic crisis delves into how the complex system of global finance evolved over the centuries, how money has shaped the course of human affairs and how the mechanics of this economic system work to create seemingly unlimited wealth--or catastrophic loss. By the beginning of the 21st century, the systems of credit, insurance, bond trading and stock markets had transcended all national boundaries to create a truly global economic system, opening the door to unprecedented growth, but also worldwide instability in the event of one nation's downturn. In an effort to establish more stability following the Great Depression, the U.S. government's New Deal created a "property owning Democracy," a system of federally backed savings and loans that allowed more people than ever before to buy homes by offering low interest rates and long-term mortgages. Rampant inflation in the 1970s, however, led the government to remove regulations on interest rates and opened the door to a massive scandal in the 1980s and one of the country's worst economic crises. The vulnerabilities of America's property-based economy would be felt again 20 years later, in the current economic crisis that has shaken the world. The crisis threatens "Chimerica," the symbiotic relationship between China and America in which China's vast savings from the manufacturing of cheap goods has been lent to America to fuel growth. But at what point will America's battered economy lead China to cut off its line of credit? And how might America respond? The answer, Ferguson suggests, may be found in the history of the ascent of money.

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