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The Ascent of Money

In the four-hour version of THE ASCENT OF MONEY, historian and author Niall Ferguson seeks to explain the financial history of the world, exploring how our 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.

Part 4: Planet Finance

55m 49s

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

Episodes

  • Part 4: Planet Finance: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 4: Planet Finance

    55m 49s

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

  • Part 3: Risky Business: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 3: Risky Business

    56m 4s

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

  • Part 2: Bonds of War: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 2: Bonds of War

    55m 36s

    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.

  • Part 1: From Bullion to Bubbles: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part 1: From Bullion to Bubbles

    56m 8s

    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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