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Friday Movie Night - Obama's Deal

hot buttered popcorn It's Friday Night! Party Time!   Time to relax, put your feet up on the couch, lay back, and watch some detailed videos on economic policy!

 

Frontline did a documentary on all of the sleazy backroom deals done to pass Obama's Health Care bill.

The White House encouraged Baucus to quietly negotiate deals with the insurance lobby, drug companies and other special interest groups, despite promises to run a different kind of White House.

Friday Movie Night - When Markets Go Mad

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Tonight's documentary is a 3 part film by BBC's Evan Davis, The City Uncovered, which explores the roots of the financial crisis, U.K. style. Davis goes into hedge funds, risk management & derivatives. He also describes how prices (who sets the prices?) operate in the global financial system.

 

Friday Movie Night - To rob a country, own a bank

hot buttered popcorn It's Friday Night! Party Time!   Time to relax, put your feet up on the couch, lay back, and watch some detailed videos on economic policy!

 

Bill Black, an outspoken critic of the financial sector and lack of regulation, tells it like it is. Kansas City Federal Reserve President Thomas Hoenig also is telling it like it is on Financial Reform as well as the need to restructure the U.S. economy. First, below is an interview with Bill Black. Next is a FOX (yes I know) interview with Thomas Hoenig. If you can't stomach FOX, there is an print and audio interview on the Huffington Post, or listen (last media item in this post) to the raw audio interview.

Bottom line, these two men are speaking out and speaking out loudly with some plain truth and good old fashioned common sense. Bravo!

Friday Movie Night - Bigger Than Enron

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Considering how Lehman Brothers is looking good to be the new Enron, revisiting memory lane on the last $200 billion dollar Wall Street debacle is in order. Amazing isn't it? Ten years later and all that has happened is we get to have new Economic Armageddons that are 100 times worse.

The documentary is Frontline's Bigger Than Enron.

Friday Movie Night - China Currency Manipulation & Make Markets Be Markets

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The good news is more and more people are recording lectures, forums and talks and putting them online. There were two major conferences where some of the clips are online that I believe EP readers will want to watch.

Here are some talks from the Make Markets Be Markets conference. All of the videos are here.

 

Friday Movie Night - Eamonn Fingleton

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Eamonn Fingleton is a writer and journalist who has focused heavily on manufacturing and economic development. Fingleton also called out what later would discovered to be hype bubbles,, crashes and crises. He called globalization Unsustainable and Dogma, and surprise, surprise, here we are. The real problem is why we cannot get all of these experts listened to, that said, you can listen to him!

Friday Movie Night - Mathematial Models the Financial Crisis Bad Guys?

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Below is a talk on the actual mathematical models behind credit default swaps, credit default obligations and a very "Pro" Quant MIT Professor, Dr. Andrew Lo describing the mess. Here are some slides from a talk on the same topic. Now I do blame the mathematical models themselves, sorry we've looked at the mathematics, but this guy is a Financial Engineering Professor, so listening to his views and insights one must, as well as not discredit human nature as he points out. Lo has also testified before Congress on systemic risk. Here is the actual testimony with select quotes extracted and Baseline Scenario pulling out some quotes as well.

Are Mathematical Models the Cause of the Financial Crisis in the Global Economy?

Friday Movie Night - Joseph Stiglitz & Lori Wallach

hot buttered popcorn It's Friday Night! Party Time!   Time to relax, put your feet up on the couch, lay back, and watch some detailed videos on economic policy!

 

First up is a very good interview of Stiglitz by trade expert Lori Wallach on the Financial Crisis. Book TV doesn't believe in embedding so just click on the image or click here to watch the interview.

 


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