Greed is good, or so the titans of Bay Street and Wall Street would have us believe. Join us for a look at business as usual, from Canada’s financial industry to the rise of global corporate influence. Who protects the public good when brokers lose our money with reckless abandon and impunity and thousands of companies have greater power than all but a handful of nations?
Bruce Livesey , an award-winning investigative journalist, presents Thieves of Bay Street: How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians, a newsmaking exposé about why Canada’s financial industry is a haven for fraud. He investigates the bankers who squander money in toxic investments, the lawyers who protect them and the regulators who do nothing to keep them from doing it again.
The world’s largest company, Wal-Mart Stores, has revenues higher than the GDP of all but twenty-five of the world’s countries. Its employees outnumber the populations of almost a hundred nations. David Rothkopf, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and CEO and Editor-at-Large of the FP Group, publishers of Foreign Policy Magazine, presents Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry between Big Business and Government - and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead. The rise of private power may be the most important and least understood trend of our time, and David traces the story of the corporate world’s bruising jockeying for influence right up to today’s financial crises, growing inequality, broken international system, and the global battles over the proper role of government and markets.