Capitalism in Crisis: The global economic crisis explained

The global economy is teetering of the verge of collapsing into a new great depression. Learn why and what's next.
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  • Richard Duncan Author, Economist, Consultant, Lecturer

    Richard Duncan is the author of three books on the global economic crisis.  The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures (2003) explained why a worldwide economic calamity was inevitable given the flaws in the post-Bretton Woods international monetary system.  It was an international bestseller.  The Corruption of Capitalism (2009) described the long series of US policy mistakes responsible for the crisis.  It also outlined the policies necessary to permanently resolve it.  His latest book, published in 2012, focuses specifically on the role that credit creation has played in this disaster.  It's entitled The New Depression: The Breakdown Of The Paper Money Economy.

    Since beginning his career as an equities analyst in Hong Kong in 1986, Richard has served as global head of investment strategy at ABN AMRO Asset Management in London, worked as a financial sector specialist for the World Bank in Washington D.C., and headed equity research departments for James Capel Securities and Salomon Brothers in Bangkok.  He also worked as a consultant for the IMF in Thailand during the Asia Crisis.  He is now chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Management in Singapore.

    Richard has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, BBC and Bloomberg Television, as well as on BBC World Service Radio.  He has published articles in The Financial Times, The Far East Economic Review, FinanceAsia and CFO Asia.  He is also a well-known speaker whose audiences have included The World Economic Forum's East Asia Economic Summit in Singapore, EuroFinance Conferences in Miami and Copenhagen, The Chief Financial Officers' Roundtable in Shanghai, and the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul.

    Richard studied literature an economics at Vanderbilt University (1983) and international finance at Babson College (1986); and, between the two, spent a year traveling around the world as a backpacker. 

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Capitalism in Crisis: The global economic crisis explained

The global economy is teetering of the verge of collapsing into a new great depression. Learn why and what's next.
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The global economy is in crisis and teetering on the edge of collapsing into a new Great Depression.  If it does, the economic and geopolitical consequences will be catastrophic.  In this global economic crisis course, Richard Duncan provides a comprehensive explanation of how this calamity came about.  Topics include the abandonment of economic orthodoxy, the end of sound money and the consequences of unbalanced trade.  An easy to understand analytical framework that explains all aspects of the crisis is introduced; and the rationale for the government's policy response to the crisis is made clear.  With this knowledge, the student will be well positioned to anticipate how the global economic crisis will evolve during the months and years ahead.

Richard is the author of three books on the global economic crisis and has more than 25 years of experience working in financial markets.

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    • To give the student a rock solid understanding of the greatest challenge confronting the world today.
    • To provide a framework through which the student will be able to interpret developments as this crisis continues to unfold.
    • To enhance the student's ability to respond to this crisis, first as a member of a democratic society that must decide how to respond to this crisis, and second as an individual who must manage his or her financial affairs.
    • This course is intended for everyone who needs to understand the crisis in the global economy and what is likely to happen next: investors, business managers, journalists, students of economics, students of history, all voters and, especially, policymakers.


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  • SECTION 1:
    Abandoned Principles
  • 1
    This introduction describes what this course will teach.  It also highlights how close we are to once again collapsing into a new Great Depression.
  • 2
    Restoring Stability After The Great Depression
    After the Great Depression the United States took steps to restore economic stability, guided by the key principles of economic orthodoxy.  Here we see how this was achieved.
  • 3
    1960s America: Too Much, Too Soon
    During the 1960s, the government spent too much money on war and on social welfare programs.  As a result, global economic stability began to unravel.  
  • 4
    The End of Sound Money
    In 1968, the Fed stopped backing dollars with gold.  Three years later the Bretton Woods international monetary system collapsed.   This lecture explains why.
  • SECTION 2:
    Global Imbalances
  • 5
    The Consequences of Unbalanced Trade
    After the Bretton Woods System broke down, massive US trade deficits began to flood the world with excessive dollar liquidity.  Here we see how unbalanced trade created the global imbalances that have brought the world to the brink of disaster.  
  • 6
    Foreign Exchange Reserves
    Foreign Exchange Reserves - now approaching US$11 trillion - are one of the most important and least understood aspects of the global economy.  Here their role is explained.
  • 7
    The (Im)Balance of Payments and the US Economic Bubble
    This lecture describes how the dollars sent abroad as a result of the US trade deficit boomeranged back into the United States and created an economic bubble there.
  • 8
    Flaws In The Dollar Standard
    The Dollar Standard lacks an automatic adjustment mechanism to prevent large and persistent trade imbalances between nations.  That is its tragic flaw.
  • SECTION 3:
    The Role Of Credit
  • 9
    How Credit Slipped Its Leash
    Total credit in the US expanded fifty-fold during the four and a half decades leading up to the global economic crisis.  This lecture discusses the developments that made that $50 trillion expansion of credit possible.
  • 10
    A $50 trillion expansion of credit transformed the American economy - both is size and composition.  The details are outlined here.
  • 11
    Financial Sector Deregulation
    This lectures discusses one of the worst economic policy mistakes in the history of the United States: Financial Sector Deregulation.
  • 12
    The Quantity Theory Of Credit
    The Quantity Theory of Credit is an easy to understand analytical framework that is very useful in explaining all aspects of this crisis.  It is introduced here.
  • SECTION 4:
    The Policy Response
  • 13
    Perpetuating The Boom
    Policymakers fear that if credit now begins to contract, the economy will breakdown into Depression.  Therefore the policy response is designed to ensure that credit continues to expand so as to perpetuate the Boom.  This is very important to understand because government policy is now the most important driver of asset prices. 
  • 14
    Inflation - Deflation
    Credit and money creation are highly inflationary.  Globalization is deflationary.  The forces behind both inflation and deflation are discussed here.  For the moment, they are completely offsetting one another, creating a unique moment in history.
  • 15
    Concluding Remarks and Contact Details
  • 16

    This lecture is the introduction to my second Udemy course, How The Economy Really Works.

    Capitalism died in World War I. The Government manages the economy now. In order to understand where the economy is headed and what that will mean for the direction of stocks, bonds, property and commodities, it’s necessary to understand how the government manages it.

    How The Economy Really Works explains how our economic system works now.



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  • Sergio Robles

    Outstanding! If you really want to know, what is Money?

  • Michael O'Sullivan
    Capitalism in crisis

    A very informative and enjoyable course which increased my understanding of economics tenfold.Very clear and concise and a must for anyone who wishes to know how we got into the current economic mess. Michael O'Sullivan.

  • Alfa

    I think this course explains how the monetary system and global economy works, and the reasons of the current capitalism crisis.

  • DEborahLuetzow

    Thanks for bringing "creditism" to Econ 101 terminology so I can better understand what the policy makers are doing.

  • Terris Dods
    The Whole Picture

    Mr. Duncan does an extraordinary job of explaining, in layman's terms, the fundamentals that drive the world economy as we know it today and how we got to the point we now collectively find ourselves as a society. I feel more empowered after taking this course, to filter through the daily noise the media feeds us and see what's really going on. Highly recommended!

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