Magazine article Financial History

Museum Adds Six New Courses for Fall 2014 Semester

Magazine article Financial History

Museum Adds Six New Courses for Fall 2014 Semester

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The Museum has added six new courses for the Fall 2014 semes- ter, enhancing its already strong financial education program offerings for elementary though graduate-level students. The new classes include:

* "The Market" - An interactive trading experience designed to teach students the mechanics of trading markets, the interplay between profit-seeking individuals and the economics of mar- ket pricing

* "The Incredible Shrinking Coin" - Collecting expert and museum educator Harley Spiller, a.k.a. "Inspector Collector," shares how he discovered the many rules that govern our money, as well as the fascinating techniques and technologies used to protect currency from counterfeiting in this hands-on, interactive class for middle school students

* "Booms, Bubbles and Busts" - Seen through the lens of edi- torial cartoons from the Museum's collection as well as other sources, students learn how to interpret political cartoons and how to find common threads through history to identify booms and busts. A Ruth Baker Financial Education Intern developed this class.

* "Intro to Capital Markets" - Primer on the financial markets, from the establishment of ancient markets through the transi- tion to modern electronic markets

* "Financial Products" - Using historical context, this presenta- tion helps students with no background in finance understand the creation, counterparty relationship and cost/benefit of sev- eral financial products

* "History of Derivatives" - A look at the fascinating and little- understood history of derivatives, from ancient times to today

Financial education is at the heart of the Museum's mission. …

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