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The Ascent of Money
Ep: 1 "Dreams of Avarice"
This groundbreaking six-part series examines the creation of the economic system by taking viewers on a global trek through the history of money. Professor Niall Ferguson delves into how the complex system of global finance evolved over the centuries, how money has shaped the course of human affairs and how the mechanics of this economic system work to create seemingly unlimited wealth - or catastrophic loss.

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Episodes
Ep 1
Dreams of Avarice
Watch Until January 15, 2:00am
Ep 2
Human Bondage
Watch November 22, 10:00pm
Ep 3
Blowing Bubbles
Watch November 29, 10:00pm
Ep 4
Risky Business
Watch December 6, 10:00pm
Ep 5
Safe as Houses
Watch December 13, 10:00pm
Ep 6
Chimerica
Watch December 20, 10:00pm
Dreams of Avarice
Professor Niall Ferguson examines the history of global finance and charts the events of the capitalist system through the centuries. He investigates the origins of banking and the innovative concepts of credit and debt that underpin the world economy and have driven progress for millennia. (1 of 6)
Human Bondage
Niall Ferguson investigates the creation of the bond market in Renaissance Italy and its effects on military history as it swept westward across Europe and on to the United States. (2 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Nov 22, 10:00pm
Thu Nov 23, 2:00am
Blowing Bubbles
Explores stock market bubbles by tracing the rise and fall of two of the most famous investment companies in history, and finds parallels between the American crash of the 18th century and the more recent Enron scandal. (3 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Nov 29, 10:00pm
Thu Nov 30, 2:00am
Risky Business
Niall visits New Orleans to explore how insurance can be inadequate coverage for catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina. He examines the development of the welfare system in post-war Japan and studies Chilean reforms in the 1970s and 1980s. (4 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Dec 6, 10:00pm
Thu Dec 7, 2:00am
Safe as Houses
Professor Niall Ferguson explains how someone's bright idea to bundle together a bunch of sub-prime mortgages virtually brought down the world's financial markets. (5 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Dec 13, 10:00pm
Thu Dec 14, 2:00am
Chimerica
Since the 1990s, once-risky markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe have become better investments than the UK or US stock market. The explanation is the rise of 'Chimerica' - the economic marriage of China and the United States. But does it make sense for poor Chinese savers to lend to rich American spenders? (6 of 6)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Dec 20, 10:00pm
Thu Dec 21, 2:00am