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The Credit Ratings System and the Economic Crisis
One of the puzzles of the 2007/8 credit crunch is how a relatively small loss of capital in a tiny market segment was transformed into a global financial crisis costing close to $1 trillion and sending the world economy into slowdown.Key players in this tragedy are a set of legal and accounting principles that are well-meaning, but turn financial hiccups into liquidity black holes.
Running time: 132 seconds
Investment Diversity for Economic Health
One of the puzzles of the 2007/8 credit crunch is how a relatively small loss of capital in a tiny market segment was transformed into a global financial crisis costing close to $1 trillion and sending the world economy into slowdown.Key players in this tragedy are a set of legal and accounting principles that are well-meaning, but turn financial hiccups into liquidity black holes. In this segment, Avinash Persaud argues for investment diversity.
Running time: 231 seconds
Avinash Persaud Argues Against Bank Market Regulation
One of the puzzles of the 2007/8 credit crunch is how a relatively small loss of capital in a tiny market segment was transformed into a global financial crisis costing close to $1 trillion and sending the world economy into slowdown.Key players in this tragedy are a set of legal and accounting principles that are well-meaning, but turn financial hiccups into liquidity black holes.
Running time: 180 seconds
The Connection Between Legal Structures and Economic Growth
Economic freedom around the world continues to increase, though there are notable cases of decline, including the United States. James Gwartney and Robert Lawson will discuss those cases, describe trends in economic reform and present new findings on the effect of economic freedom and global poverty reduction. In this segment, Gwartney explains that economic growth is dependent on sound legal structures.
Running time: 212 seconds
Michael Kinsley on Warren Buffett and Bill Gates
Michael Kinsley: Are Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Naive? Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of California One of the most prolific and thoughtful commentators on the U.S. political scene today, Kinsley turns his razor sharp intellect and dead-on commentary to our financial system.Kinsley served as editor of the New Republic, and as the liberal half of the original "Crossfire" team with Pat Buchanan, as well as John Sununu and Robert Novak.
Running time: 230 seconds
Barney Frank Explains the Third Age of American Finance
Barney Frank, U.S. Congressman (D-MA) and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, calls securitization the third major period of American economic history, and blames underregulation of securitized lending as a major cause of the current financial crisis.
Running time: 209 seconds
Barney Frank on Proper Regulation to Fix the Economy
Congressman Barney Frank speaks with Emily Rooney, host and executive editor of Greater Boston, to unravel the factors that led to Barack Obama's victory in the historic 2008 election. and then look forward to its impact on the coming years for our nation. In this segment he talks about the need for proper regulation to fix the American economy.
Running time: 276 seconds
Barney Frank on Spreading the Wealth in America
Congressman Barney Frank speaks with Emily Rooney, host and executive editor of Greater Boston, to unravel the factors that led to Barack Obama's victory in the historic 2008 election, and then look forward to its impact on the coming years for our nation.
Running time: 175 seconds
Why Bush's Economic Policy Was Too Little Too Late
James K. Galbraith discusses the history leading up to the recent economic collapse, and suggests how the American government can get back on its feet.Then, a panel of leading experts headed by Joseph Stiglitz tackles the issue, and discuss the challenges facing the Obama administration in managing the financial crisis and his predecessor's work to stop the coming recession.
Running time: 226 seconds
The Problem with Relying on Tax Hikes to Fund Health Care Reform
What are the fiscal risks of health care reform? What can be done to minimize the strain on the federal budget from increasing health care costs? New subsidies for health insurance can only exacerbate the budgetary shortfalls. Alice Rivlin focuses the discussion on the fact that tax hikes are not the answer to fund the health care reform.
Running time: 196 seconds
Why the Healthcare Reform Does Not Work
What are the fiscal risks of health care reform? What can be done to minimize the strain on the federal budget from increasing health care costs? James Capretta argues that regulated healthcare just does not work in America.
Running time: 205 seconds
Ron Paul Explains Why General Motors Should Not Have Been Bailed Out
Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) condemns the bailout of GM, arguing that the automaker should have been allowed to go bankrupt and its assets bought up on the open market.
Running time: 87 seconds
The Rebounding Housing Market and Unemployment
Jon Fisher explains how the rebounding housing market is an indicator of the peak of unemployment.
Running time: 171 seconds
Why Higher Taxes May Worsen the Recession
Bank of America Chief Economist, Mickey Levy, discusses Obama's stimulus package, the US housing market, unemployment, the prospects for a sustained recovery in the US economy, and lessons learned from Japan's recession in the 1990s.
Running time: 132 seconds
How Increase in Labor Costs Hinders the Economy
With the economy in a deep recession and policymakers turning to massive government intervention in an attempt to create jobs and bolster the financial system. it feels like the 1930s all over again. Today's new New Deal is rapidly unfolding, with the Obama administration and many lawmakers making it clear that any question of the success of FDR's New Deal policies was resolved long ago: government intervention.
Running time: 146 seconds
Social Return on Investment and the Value of Aid
The world is on the cusp of extraordinary economic, environmental and social change. Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) has become part of the way companies show their involvement in these matters. In this segment, Cheryl Kernot explains the social return on investment from these types of activities.
Running time: 211 seconds
The Role of the Federal Bank in Company Regulation
Amid the deepest recession of the postwar era, the Federal Reserve faces one of the gravest challenges of its 96-year history. Janet Yellen, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, assesses the state of the economy while explaining the thinking and the actions behind some of the Fed's precedent-shattering initiatives to rescue the financial system.
Running time: 174 seconds
Dr. Janet Yellen Explains Why Deflation Is the Biggest Economic Risk
Amid the deepest recession of the postwar era, the Federal Reserve faces one of the gravest challenges of its 96-year history. Janet Yellen, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, assesses the state of the economy while explaining the thinking and the actions behind some of the Fed's precedent-shattering initiatives to rescue a financial system in crisis. She explains that deflation, and not inflation,
Running time: 169 seconds
How to Destroy a Bank
Failing banks, frozen credit markets, a faltering economy ... sound familiar? That was the situation in Sweden in the early 1990s.
Running time: 267 seconds
Robert Frank Explains Why the Stimulus Is Necessary
A leading proponent of behavioral economics, Robert Frank argues that nearly every decision we make is economic, our boundless desires constrained by our limited resources. Frank takes a closer look at the solutions to the economic crisis.
Running time: 377 seconds
Why the Healthcare System Is a Failed Business Model
A leading proponent of behavioral economics, Robert Frank argues that nearly every decision we make is economic, our boundless desires constrained by our limited resources. He explains that the Health care system can never be a business.
Running time: 168 seconds
The Cap and Trade System as Carbon Tax
James L. Sweeney moderates a conversation between former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Chevron CEO David J. O'Reilly.They discuss America's energy policy, approaching it from political, economic, and environmental angles.
Running time: 269 seconds
The Business of Marketing the News
Should financial media be held accountable for their failure to have warned the public of the current economic downturn? What steps are being taken to avoid this happening in the future?
Running time: 115 seconds
Public Anger and the Financial Crisis
What will be the lasting effects of the crisis? Allan Murray has an interesting answer.
Running time: 84 seconds
Why Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac Fell
National Constitution Center - National Constitution Center The Seventh Annual John M. Templeton, Jr. Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution considers the social, cultural, and moral causes of the current financial crisis in the United States. In this segment, Peter Wallison explains that government intervention was the cause of Fanny and Freddie's failure and the economic crisis.
Running time: 149 seconds


 

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