In this video, you'll learn what a bailout is. A bailout is the injection of money into a business or organization on the brink of facing imminent collapse. Bailouts may take the form of a loan, the purchasing of bonds, stocks or cash infusions, and sometimes require the recused party to reimburse the aid. The U.S. government has a long history of bailouts going back to 1792. For some real-world examples of bailouts and how they work, watch this video.