Money Created by Banks

For all of you who have been watching the Paul Grignon videos here is a little something about money created by banks.

The basic text book view is that commercial banks create  money through fractional-reserve banking,i.e. the banking practice where banks keep only a fraction of their deposits in reserve (as cash and other highly liquid assets) and lend out the remainder, while maintaining the simultaneous obligation to redeem all these deposits upon demand.Commercial bank money is non-physical, as its existence is only reflected in the account ledgers of banks and other financial institutions.Also there is some element of risk that the claim will not be fulfilled if the financial institution becomes insolvent.So central banks make deposit insurance mandatory for banks. Read more of this post

Money As Debt – Paul Grignon

I watched this documentary ‘Money as Debt’ by Paul Grignon today.It uses attractive animation to explain fractional reserve banking.And I can say that for the first time in my life I got to appreciate how humanity has managed to create the mountain of debt we have piled up.I always sensed that banks created money but only now I have a grasp of just how much.

I rate this video as  pretty good .It’s a bit theoretical but not too off putting all the same.I can’t say I was able to understand all the implications of everything I watched but I do know my brain will keep revisiting the ideas I could not grasp at the first go.So this movie will have managed to expand my mind a bit.

I can’t say I agree with the film maker’s idea of a world which will run out of resources to sustain growth because I believe that human ingenuity will just find new uses for materials and waste materials we do not consider resources today. Read more of this post

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