Financial education videos

The Reserve Bank’s educational videos are a collection of useful resources to explain important financial concepts. Community groups, schools and organisations involved in financial literacy are welcome to post a link to these resources on their websites or Facebook pages.

Learn about important financial concepts
Stress testing
Stress tests
2m:00s
Stress testing is a tool to assess how banks might cope with a severe economic downturn. This video explains how stress tests work and why the Reserve Bank of New Zealand uses them in its role as prudential regulator.
The OCR and how it works
The OCR and how it works
3m:17s
The Reserve Bank uses the six-weekly Official Cash Rate (OCR) decision to dial up or down the cost of money, which affects our spending, saving and investing decisions. Learn how the OCR affects you.
What is the Economy?
What is the economy?
2m:22s
A short animated video about how the New Zealand economy works, who the main players are and the Reserve Bank's key role.
What is money?
What is money?
4m:04s
A short animated video about how money works - its functions and the role the Reserve Bank plays in it.
Money creation in the modern economy
Money creation in the modern economy
5m:07s
Ryland Thomas, author of 'Money creation in the modern economy', explains how money is created and the central bank's role in money creation.
How the RBNZ makes monetary policy decisions
How the RBNZ makes monetary policy decisions
2m:23s
Governor Graeme Wheeler explains the Bank's monetary policy decision-making process, and the essential role of the Governing Committee. September 2015.
Compound interest
Compound interest
3m:11s
A short presentation to explain the concept of compound interest, and how it affects your savings.
Making money flow: the MONIAC
Making money flow: the MONIAC
4m:37s
Introducing pioneering New Zealand economist Bill Phillips' amazing hydro-mechanical economic computer.
On the Money
Booms, busts and the way between
Booms, busts and the way between
4m:19s
Head of Macro Financial Stability, Bernard Hodgetts, explains the role of macro-prudential policy and the tools the Reserve Bank has to smooth out boom-bust cycles.
Risk, regulation and responsibilities
Risk, regulation and responsible choices
3m:25s
Head of Prudential Supervision, Toby Fiennes, explains how regulation helps to promote a sound and efficient financial system, and why everyone has a role to play.
Inflation - a thief in your wallet
Inflation — a thief in your wallet
3m:43s
Head of Economics, John McDermott, explains how inflation is measured and how it manifests itself in everyday life. He also explains the importance of maintaining price stability.
Speeches and lectures
A conversation with Geoff Bascand
A conversation with Geoff Bascand
6m:49s
Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand discusses the Bank’s risk management framework, reserves management, and relationship with the Government in a video interview with Central Banking.com. The interview follows Mr Bascand’s recent speech to the National Asset-Liability Management conference in London.
Communication, understanding and credibility
Communication, understanding, and credibility
3m:01s
Deputy Governor, Geoff Bascand, explains our approach to communication, and the importance of transparency and credibility.
The financial crisis: whodunnit?
The financial crisis: whodunnit?
20m:25s
A public lecture by Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics, introduced by Dr Alan Bollard held on 30 July 2009, Wellington, New Zealand.
How a unique man built a machine, drew a curve and helped world economics advance
How a unique man built a machine, drew a curve and helped world economics advance
1h:12m:10s
The Bill Phillips lecture by Dr Alan Bollard, 16 July 2008.
About the Reserve Bank
What we do
What we do
1m:17s
In this video the Reserve Bank explains its three key roles: managing inflation; producing currency; and regulating banks, finance companies and insurers.
Past, present, future: the Reserve Bank
Past, present, future: the Reserve Bank
6m:46s
An introduction to the history and role of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as revealed in the displays in the Reserve Bank Museum & Education Centre, Wellington, New Zealand.