Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, And The Struggle To Tame Wall Street

January 8, 2019|
Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, And The Struggle To Tame Wall Street by Kathleen Day
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A history of major financial crises—and how taxpayers have been left with the bill

In the 1930s, battered and humbled by the Great Depression, the U.S. financial sector struck a grand bargain with the federal government. Bankers gained a safety net in exchange for certain curbs on their freedom: transparency rules, record-keeping and antifraud measures, and fiduciary responsibilities. Despite subsequent periodic changes in these regulations, the underlying bargain played a major role in preserving the stability of the financial markets as well as the larger economy. By the free-market era of the 1980s and 90s, however, Wall Street argued that rules embodied in New Deal–era regulations to protect consumers and ultimately taxpayers were no longer needed—and government agreed.
 
This engaging history documents the country’s financial crises, focusing on those of the 1920s, the 1980s, and the 2000s, and reveals how the two more recent crises arose from the neglect of this fundamental bargain, and how taxpayers have been left with the bill.
Kathleen Day worked for thirty years as a business journalist with the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today before joining the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School as a professor of financial crises in 2013. She lives in Washington, DC.
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Title:Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, And The Struggle To Tame Wall Street
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:440 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.12 in
Shipping dimensions:440 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.12 in
Published:January 8, 2019
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300223323

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