Inside the Meltdown

Inside the Meltdown

DVD - 2009
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Frontline investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded. The film chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, Lehman Brothers collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG and the $700 billion bailout.
Publisher: [S.l.] : PBS Video, c2009
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780793670659
0793670659
Branch Call Number: DVD 338.542 INS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Frontline (Television program)

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COURIER3
Jul 20, 2017

Excellent. A must see for young and old on what happens to our financial system when driven by greed from the lowliest players to the top dogs. It has ruined our lives with the lack of decent interest on our IRA retirement accounts for us seniors. Lenders continue to make sub prime loans on autos and housing. When you throw so much stuff against the wall some of it is gonna stick! Our government gave the banks money at zero interest to keep Wall-street
and AGI (insurance company) afloat.

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pianoDan
Jun 27, 2017

This documentary has a very liberal bent to it. Morality is viewed as a pesky idealism that Republicans hold to, that must be bypassed, in order to solve the problem. The largest banks are bailed out, yet the American people are not bailed out, yet the documentary sees no problem with this.

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Soonflower
Jul 30, 2016

Well documented but not the full story was disclosed. If you read the book titled Trillion Dollar conspiracy, you will get the full disclosure.

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StarGladiator
Feb 23, 2014

This docu-what ? is a perfect example of non-reporting in America. Report the superificialities, with zero content, and act as if you have enlightened the viewer? Sorry, no sale! Systemic risk? ? ? How can that be, when Alan Greenspan, former Fedhead, joins John Paulson's hedge fund, and together Paulson (and Greenspan???) and Goldman Sachs collude to create trash CDOs (for example, the Abacus CDO) to profit most egregiously from, thanks to naked swaps (uncovered credit default swaps, brought to you from JP Morgan CHASE). Systemic risk? ? ? Then how could the principals of Magnetar Capital walk away with billions when 96% of their deals failed (same routine as the Abacus CDO, of course)? Bad reporting, just as when Enron's CFO was the same guy involved with the largest bank bankruptcy in US history, and the biz journalists ignored it. (The fiction that there is anyone at Goldman Sachs - - or JPMorgan Chase - - who believes in free markets, as opposed to their rigging of the markets is too funny for words!)

aaa5756 Dec 11, 2013

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

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samcaldbick
Jan 23, 2013

The description is misleading in a sense that the investigation didn't really focus on the 'causes' per se, but rather the key events directly prior to the inevitable crisis. It was an interesting, albeit brief, look at how Hank Paulson (Secretary of the Treasury) was forced to act against personal ideology (free market principles) and opt to inject capital (intervene) into the ailing financial system to avert catastrophe. A repeated theme in the episode was the concern regarding 'systemic risk', which in hindsight is easier to appreciate how much of a threat it actually posed. For an hour program, I thought it was a decent attempt at replaying the final days so to speak. For an even better review of the final days, also mainly centered around Hank Paulson, you may want to consider reading or viewing Too Big to Fail.

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