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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!

About the author

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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Hello, what about à whiteboard about CFD (contract for differnce)?
What are they, and how do à Cfd broker works.
I enjoy those video s. Greetings from Belgium

Hi, Paddy:
I love your videos and would love to read your book. I would love to see a whiteboard explanation about the following:

1. If getting rid of the glass steagall act gave rise to the economic disaster of 2008, why have we not seen the return of the glass steagall act? Who was it who got it repealed and who is blocking its return? It seems to me that reinstating this act should have been the first order of business after the dust of the 2008 implosion settled. But no one even mentions it anymore.

2. Why do companies purchase their own stock? Can they use this "technique" for fudging their books and their earnings results?

3. What is high-frequency trading and what effect does it have on the market in general? How has the market changed since the introduction of this high-frequency trading?

Thanks for all of your white boards.

Great work yo guys, I love the show! I do think that you could publicize the existence of The Whiteboard Youtube channel. I have been a listener for years via NPR, but was pleasantly surprised when I happened to find the channel on Youtube. I'm sure that a lot of Marketplace listeners would enjoy the videos as well.

How about a Whiteboard on something really basic such as the bid - ask spread for stock pricing, who sets it, what it determines, what affects the spread, etc?

I find myself occasionally explaining the financial crisis and have yet to see a clear explanation of the mortgage securitization process used by Wall Street, including how the tranches are constructed and rated. I've read written descriptions, but they all seem to eventually become murkier as they progress. I think this subject cries for a whiteboard explanation. Thanks.

I love your videos and will be using them in my general and Advanced Placement economic courses. Primers on exchange rates and comparative advantage would be great. Thanks for these great resources!

I've been following you since the crisis explainer video Paddy and it's the very title of your book that motivates me to comment here. I have many suggestions for you but for now I'll just list the first that come to mind:

It'd be good to know more about how trade finance works; CDS trade insurance, the Export-Import Bank etc, and how financiers are trying to make money off pension plans. Furthermore a video on either the cost shifting of tuition from states to students and the genesis of the student debt crisis or as the comment below me said the repayment plans of certain loans would be really great.

It would be helpful to explain the various repayment plans (Stafford, Grad Plus and Consolidation Loans) for paying off student debt after graduating from college (or other graduate programs) to help students understand the implications of different types.

Congratulations on the book and great videos Paddy!
I am from Spain and I would love to hear more about its financial problems and possible solutions, even though you have already touched this subject briefly.
What would the implications of abandoning the EURO be, pros and cons?
I strongly recommend an article called: “Y si esto falla, ¿qué hacemos?”
It is in Spanish but some internet Translators do wonderful things.
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Hi Paddy, how about explaining economic crisis of 2008 where Lehman brother went bankrupt (the cause, how it started) and the possibility of happening the same thing again in future (as seen in Spanish banks) plus measures that can be implemented to prevent such situation. Great videos by the way.

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