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Help us break down complex financial topics into easy-to-understand analogies. Post a comment below with an idea for the topic of our next Whiteboard video and you could win a signed copy of Paddy Hirsch's new book "Man vs. Markets"

People who know me know I love two things: Explaining stuff to people and getting stuff for free. So it gives me great pleasure to combine these two loves by explaining to you how you how you can get something from me for free.

And that free thing is... a copy of my new book, Man vs. Markets. It explains all the basics and some of the not-so-basics about the financial system. Think of it as one of my Whiteboard videos on paper – with a fancy cover.

Post a comment and you could get free stuff
All you have to do is post a comment on this page suggesting an idea for an upcoming episode of the Whiteboard. Each week starting Friday Sept. 1 and continuing for the next few months, I’ll pick one person at random who left a comment and send them a signed copy of my book. And I’ll use your best ideas for future Whiteboard videos.

So post your comments with ideas – we need them, because without ideas, there’ll be no Whiteboards, and that could leave us all very badly needing a drink!

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Paddy Hirsch is a Senior Editor at Marketplace and the creator and host of the Marketplace Whiteboard. Follow Paddy on Twitter @paddyhirsch and on facebook at www.facebook.com/paddyhirsch101

Help us break down complex financial topics into easy-to-understand analogies. Post a comment below with an idea for the topic of our next Whiteboard video and you could win a signed copy of Paddy Hirsch's new book "Man vs. Markets"

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I would love an explanation of the Federal Reserve system as well as a basic overview of what monetary policy means.

I would like to see whiteboard on the connection between bonds and stocks. Why the negative correlation? What factors affect each?

Thanks,
GCB

Paddy, it is said that the rich keep getting richer and poor keep getting poorer. Over the decades, our markets and our community programs and our government legislation has not reversed the trend for the poor. What would be the effects of placing an income cap on the rich? Would financial incentives change enough for the lower classes so they would seek greater employment opportunities and self improvement?

Hi Paddy: QE has been thrown around A LOT since 2009. How about explaining to a 5th grader exactly how the US government intends to keep the economy afloat with QE1, QE2, and now possibly QE3?

I'd love to have one of your books! Thanks.

I am interested in learning how Islamic Financing and Banking work and how it would compare in terms of sustainability to our current American Economy model

I want to know about 'options.' At least I think I do. I had $2000 to gamble with a few years ago. I thought the stock market would be better odds than the casino—and I was right. I bought 10 shares of Apple for $100 and they are worth about $675. I bought $1000 worth of ebay at $17 and it's about $45.

However, could I have purchased options (is that the right word) which have given me an even greater return but limiting my loss to the $2,000 I was willing to risk?

Thanks!

I would be interested to learn more about the fundamentals of the European debt crisis--how it arose, to whom payments are owed and why it matters to the U.S. economy. Thanks!

Please consider doing several Whiteboards on Options: buying and selling calls and puts would be a great place to start!

We've heard about 'austerity plans' in Europe. What is the difference between 'austerity' and plans for 'economic reform' in the US?

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