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Publisher's Summary

Money and finance play a deeply fundamental role in your life. Now, let an expert professor lead you in a panoramic exploration of our monetary and financial systems, their inner workings, and their crucial role and presence in your world.

As a guiding theme of these 36 content-rich lectures, you observe the ways in which economies require efficient and evolving financial institutions and markets to fulfill their potential. In building a full view of our financial system, you delve into these and other vital subjects: central banks, commercial banks, and the Federal Reserve; interest rates and interest rate policy; bonds and stock markets; and foreign exchange and international banking.

Across the arc of this lecture series, you'll tackle key topics that shed light on the functioning of our financial system as a whole. You study the critical subject of inflation and its relationship to the consumer price index and to excess money growth. You'll investigate the causes and implications of the federal deficit and the national debt. In the international arena, you'll learn about the implications of trade deficits in global economic relationships and the question of monetary policy coordination between nations, weighing the significant benefits to the global economy of cooperation between central banks.

This is a rare chance to gain a grounded understanding of our monetary and financial systems, and to grasp the vital elements of finance that directly affect our way of life, our national concerns, and your own life and future.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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  • Slim
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 11-10-16

Excellent.

Excellent. It was just as I'd hoped it would be. FYI it sounded best being played at about 130% speed.

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Extremely Valuable Information

Would you consider the audio edition of Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know to be better than the print version?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know?

For me it was the part about A-symmetrical information.

Which scene was your favorite?

There where no scenes?

What did you learn from Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know that you would use in your daily life?

I'm a Forex trader, stock trader, and real estate investor and i can honestly say that i will use all of the information in this book day to day.

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Excellent summary of how money works

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to all my non economist friends to further their understanding of how money actually works.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The passing is a little off and some concepts are difficult to explain without having a visual guide

What did you learn from Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know that you would use in your daily life?

Not so much learned but confirmed, then again i work on the banking industry.

Any additional comments?

This i a must read/listen for everybody who is thinking about enrolling on economic school. It could save you some days of studying.

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Not good for an audio format

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The speaker constantly refers to graphs and charts... it would be great if I were sitting at a computer watching it, but then it wouldn't be an audio book would it? Also, the speaker has long unnatural pauses in between words, to the point that I have to check to make sure its still playing.

Would you recommend Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know to your friends? Why or why not?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Michael K. Salemi’s performances?

No.

Could you see Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

Listen to "How the Stock Market Works" from the Great Courses... it's not as in depth, but it's an easy listen, with an enthusiastic speaker, and gives a great overview.

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Money Makes the World Go Round

Professor Michael Salemi has convinced me that the banking system is important, in fact you could say has created the modern world however I don't think I am any wiser on how it all works. Based on the US system he does touch on Europe and a little on Asia. He isn't the best narrator but he does know his stuff and comes across as honest and real.

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Yawn. . .

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Michael K. Salemi?

Not if he is the reader/presenter. I'll bet his students struggle to stay awake in the classroom. The material he presents is valuable, albeit not particularly new or unique, but his presentation is sorely lacking

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

Yes. Great concept.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See the headline for my review. . .

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Truly a Great Course from 'The Great Courses'

Where does Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen almost exclusively to non-fiction, expository works. This Course ranks quite high in quality, listenability and interest, in spite of being about Economics.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know?

I think the most memorable thing is the speaking ability of Professor Salemi - he is able, through voice and inflection alone, to convey his powerful interest in his subject, and this makes the listener eager to hear what he has to say.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not applicable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not applicable.

Any additional comments?

None.

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Excellent

Perhaps I should say "excellent" as long as you are interested in a lot of depth. I was and found it absolutely fascinating.

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Great overview of banking

I've never really had a college level economics class, i took AP Micro and Macro econ in high school so always got out of having to take economics in college. So I really enjoyed this series. They covered many topics in a surprising depth including one topic that was key to an interview I had literally a week or two before I listened to the lecture that covered it. Would have saved me lots of time on google.

I think it teaches much more about the monetary system then I would have learned if i had actually remembered my AP econ classes, plus I didn't hear JMK mentioned in every sentence. Which I think is always great when discussing the banking system. If you have an interest in money and banks, I would strongly recommend this course.

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Full of content and insight

Would you consider the audio edition of Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know to be better than the print version?

This IS the audio edition - and by extension yes i would.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well, yes, but given the length of the lecture that would be very challenging thing to accomplish ;P

0 of 1 people found this review helpful