• What is Bitcoin?

    Bitcoin seems to be all the rage at the moment. Is this fake money, or is it a legitimate method of payment? This video from the CME answers the following questions: 1. What is Bitcoin? 2. How is Bitcoin created? 3. How can individuals and institutions...
  • Getting Hired in Investment Banking

    This video explains how candidates get hired into entry level positions at investment banks like Goldman Sachs. While a big ticket investment banking job on Wall Street isn't for everyone, there are a few lessons that all finance grads can take away...
  • Trading Today Vs. Yesterday

    This video gives an interesting view of how trading has shifted from the open outcry chaos to the computer based trading of today. For discussion : 1. What are the changes that have taken place since the end of pit trading? 2. What are the benefits...
  • Are We Close to a Cashless Society?

    There aren't many transactions today that require cash. You can eat, travel, take a cab or a shared ride, pay your bills, buy a snack, without ever pulling out a single dollar bill. From FastCompany : The U.S. government didn’t issue banknotes...
  • Key Person Life Insurance

    Key man risk, or key person risk, is the reliance on one or few individuals in the firm such that their departure will significantly impact the future of the business. The infographic below discusses factors that influence key person risk. But before...
  • What is the IMF?

    From the IMF website: About the IMF The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable...
  • Beware of Financial Fraud

    This video explains how anyone can be swindled. Fraud victims are not exclusively elderly widows--rather, they include doctors, lawyers, educated, and uneducated alike. For discussion: 1. What are some common financial frauds? 2. What are some warning...
  • Imagine a World Without Cash

    Can you imagine a world without cash? It's not hard. Already, we rely on our debit cards, credit cards, PayPal and other forms of electronic payments. You can probably go days, weeks, maybe even months without using any cash at all. Today, governments...
  • Will Walgreens Buy RiteAid?

    Walgreens' plan to buy RiteAid was canceled in June of this year. But now we see that they are taking another stab at the merger. From TheStreet.com : Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. ( WBA ) and Rite Aid Corp. ( RAD ) are still hoping to avoid...
  • Meet Janet Yellen, Chair of the U.S. Central Bank

    Janet Yellen is the first woman to hold the critical role of chair of the Federal Reserve. This Bloomberg video gives a very brief overview of her interesting and impressive background. From the Federal Reserve's website , Dr. Yellen's profile...
  • Investing in Pizza

    Dominoes changed it's formula in 2009. Since then, the company has outperformed the market and has proven to be a great investment. You will find more statistics at Statista So what makes a good investment, anyway? How would you choose the...
  • Mathematics, Cryptography, and Finance

    "That's the thing about mathematics. You never know where it's going to go." ~Jim Simons, The mathematician who cracked Wall Street
  • How Does the Fed Gather Information?

    As this video explains, representatives from the Federal Reserve visit the community to see what is actually going on. The Fed needs to know the true condition of the economy, and there's no better way than to ask those with boots on the ground. ...
  • St. Patrick's Day Business

    This infographic shows that St. Patrick's day is a big day for positive cash flow. The planned spending has increased over the years, and Guinness has been the big winner in the number of pints consumed on this holiday. You will find more statistics...
  • Robo Advisors Join the Investment World

    Robo Advisors are here and likely to stay, especially with millennial investors. According to this CNN article, here's how robo advisors work: Customers fill out an online questionnaire about their income, goals and comfort with risk taking. Computer...
  • Global Financial Inclusion

    According to the World Bank : Financial inclusion means that individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance –...
  • Healthcare Investing in 2017

    Healthcare is an important sector of the S&P 500. With the new administration, healthcare industry is likely to go through a significant change, and investments in healthcare firms will face uncertainty in the days and months ahead. This video from...
  • The Role of the Fed in Bank Regulation and Supervision

    A bank earns a revenue and makes a profit by earning interest on the money it lends to borrowers. Because banks are vital institutions for the health of our economy with their very special role in financial markets, it is important for bank regulators...
  • Thanksgiving Spending Continues

    The season to spend money is here, and it gets bigger each year. This infographic from Statista shows that spending has grown consistently each year. Even Thanksgiving Day has become a hot shopping day, and retailers are happy to see the dollars flow...
  • So, Tell Me About Yourself...

    It's the season for interviews, and the interview process in the investment industry is quite rigorous and competitive. The infographic below gives you some idea of the questions you're likely to be asked and how you might consider answering...
  • Finance Career Spotlight: Investment Banking

    Despite the notoriously long hours and high stress, jobs in investment banking continue to be the dream for many finance graduates. But what is investment banking? The video below describes the different areas of finance that involve investment banking...
  • History: The Fed Over 100 Years Ago

    The financial history of the U.S. is fascinating with the bank runs followed by the installation of the Federal Reserve System. From the website of the Federal Reserve : The Federal Reserve System, often referred to as the Federal Reserve or simply...
  • Is the Fed Audited?

    One of the myths of financial markets is that the Fed is not accountable to anyone and no audits take place. Not true. The Fed is indeed audited, just like other banks. The Fed undergoes both internal audits and external audits. Additionally, the...
  • What Career is Right For You?

    What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a question that may not have a single right answer. And the answer may change as you leave college, start your career, face turns and twists in the road, and finally discover what you're passionate...
  • Why An Independent Central Bank?

    The central bank of the United States is independent of politics, but that's not the case for central banks in other countries. According to the FAQ on the Federal Reserve's website: Careful empirical studies support the view that central banks...