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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, News | 6 September 2013 (USA)
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Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed ... See full summary »

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... Himself - Chairman of the Federal Reserve (1979-1987)
Janet Yellen ... Herself - Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve
Peter Atwater ... Himself - Former Head of Asset Finance - J.P. Morgan
Alan Blinder ... Himself - Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve (1994-1996)
Tony Boeckh ... Himself - Economist - The Boeckh Investment Letter
Michael Bordo ... Himself - Professor of Economics - Rutgers University
Dave Colander ... Himself - Professor of Economics - Middlebury College
Peter Fisher ... Himself - Executive V.P. - Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1994-2001)
Richard Fisher ... Himself
Marvin Goodfriend ... Himself - Senor V.P. - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (1993-2005)
Jim Grant ... Himself - Economist / Editor - Grant's Interest Rate Observer
Jeremy Grantham ... Himself - Chief Investment Strategist - GMO
Todd Harrison ... Himself - Derivatives Trader / CEO - Minyanville Media
Thomas Hoenig ... Himself - President - Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1991-2011) (as Tom Hoenig)
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Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed Chairman's every word. Yet the average person knows very little about the most powerful - and least understood - financial institution on earth. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, Money For Nothing is the first film to take viewers inside the Fed and reveal the impact of Fed policies - past, present, and future - on our lives. Join current and former Fed officials as they debate the critics, and each other, about the decisions that helped lead the global financial system to the brink of collapse in 2008. And why we might be headed there again. Written by Anonymous

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The first film about the NEXT crisis.


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In the short segment about the 1910 private rail car trip of several important bankers, plus Senator Nelson Aldrich, from Hoboken, New Jersey to Jekyll Island, Georgia, two pieces of old black-and-white film footage of train travel are used to illustrate the trip, with one of those pieces showing curving tracks in a mountainous landscape. There are no curving tracks in a mountainous landscape on any normal rail route from Hoboken to Jekyll Island. See more »

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The Risks of Eliminating "Moral Hazard"
19 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'll save you the time: the "Great Moderation" that I began working during in 1984 is over. The stock market bubble became the housing bubble which became ... the Government Debt bubble (which has yet to burst). It's incredible to watch each crisis, and how each one has driven interest rates lower and lower, until we are at ... zero. We have created a scenario where we can't lower them again. Quantitative easing has kept us afloat but for how long?

Inflation remains low but my understanding is the CPI no longer includes food or energy? And while unemployment has lowered my understanding is that is because people have left the workforce, and very few if any "real jobs" have been created. The films producers point out we are an economy that has consumed more than we have produced for an entire decade. They ask the question: "how long can this continue?"

The film really got me thinking about a term they brought up: "moral hazard." If I know the Fed will bail me out on the downside why not accept the risk? It also applies in my mind to debt. In olden days people worried about putting debt on their children and grandchildren. That's no longer the case for many people like me. Free Heath care? Why not? Oh if an anti-viral will save me I can practice unsafe sex? Why not? I never knew it had a name but it does: "moral hazard" and I think it's becoming rapidly absent in modern society.

It's especially applicable to the Justice System. I'm now officially a true crime addict. And one common thread in these horrendous cases is truly dangerous people are released into society time and time again. Criminals routinely violate their paroles with no negative consequences. Yes I'm against the "Prison State." But if we promise to punish but in the end "bail out" the truly bad guys, what are the consequences for a safe society? No easy answers.

Anyway I suppose I should start a blog rather than meander in emails. This movie is kinda a snoozer but I wanted to share my thoughts.


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