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Meltdown Part 2: “A Global Financial Tsunami”

Teil zwei der vierteiligen CBC Canada Reihe.


From Al Jazeera:
In the second episode of Meltdown, we look at how the financial tsunami swept the world. We hear about a renegade executive who nearly destroyed the global financial system and the US treasury secretary who bailed out his friends.
Henry ‘Hank’ Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs and later an economic advisor to the US government; refused to bail out global financial services firm – the Lehman Brothers. Paulson said it was not the role of government to save private businesses.
Lehman’s failure had repercussions around the world. Millions of people lost their life savings. Pension plans were decimated.
Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister at the time and a close friend of Paulson’s, publicly described Paulson’s decision on Lehman “horrendous”.
Markets from London and Paris to Shanghai fell. An epidemic of fear caused the world’s major banks to stop lending, ending the year in protests and industrial action.

Meltdown Part 1: “The Men Who Crashed The World”

CBC und Al Jazeera zeigen den amerikanischen und europäischen Medien wie investigativer Journalismus funktioniert. “The Men Who Crashed The World” ist der erste Teil einer vierteiligen Reihe, die von CBC Canada produziert wurde.


From Al Jazeera:
The crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing more than 30 million people into unemployment and bringing many countries to the edge of insolvency. Wall Street turned back the clock to 1929.
But how did it all go so wrong?
Lack of government regulation; easy lending in the US housing market meant anyone could qualify for a home loan with no government regulations in place.
Also, London was competing with New York as the banking capital of the world. Gordon Brown, the British finance minister at the time, introduced ‘light touch regulation’ – giving bankers a free hand in the marketplace.
Sll this, and with key players making the wrong financial decisions, saw the world’s biggest financial collapse.