South Park — Margarita Securities

 

Stan tries to return his dad’s Margarittaville machine so that his family can have a bit more money during the recession. Turns out that his dad bought it on a finance plan, which has been repackaged and sold to investors. Similar to mortgage-backed securities, loans can be issued for assets and then re-packaged to spread out risk among risky investments. If you’re looking for an easy way to teach about the MBS crisis, this scene does a great job condensing the major components.

Thanks to Zoe Cook-Nadel for the suggestion!

It’s a Wonderful Life — Bank Run

With things headed in the wrong direction economically, George tries to head to the bank to convince the town members that they shouldn’t withdrawal all of their money from the bank at once. He quickly recognizes that a bank run would cripple the local economy and he does what he can to prevent it.

Neal Brennan: College Loans

A student in my Labor Economics class shared this great clip of standup comedian Neal Brennan discussing why banks don’t want to loan for college degrees. This is a great clip to talk about capital market imperfections and even signalling.

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