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Plain Old Greed [electronic resource]: Wall Street's Sub-Prime Debacle

Journeyman Pictures (Firm)
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Investigating the financial meltdown in the U.S., this documentary reveals the ruined lives, the crooked banks, and the bad judgment that brought it all about. This powerful presentation lays bare the bankers' addiction to fantastic profit that drove world markets into recession. Stockbrokers claim that no one expected the sheer magnitude of the crisis. Deals should have been regulated and monitored. Risks should have been evaluated. Yet no one bothered take the necessary steps as long as the money machine was spitting out billions of dollars. It was obvious that a disaster was coming, but Wall Street couldn't stop itself. As this film tells the frightening story, the reasons behind the current crisis become all too clear.
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58 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 29, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Wall Street's Sub-prime Debacle
  • Media Bites of the Crisis (3:42)
  • Betting on the American Dream (1:26)
  • Getting Americans to Buy Homes (1:38)
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Foreclosure Capitol (2:02)
  • Devastated by Lending (1:50)
  • Ghost Town in the Heart of Cleveland (3:23)
  • Eviction (2:44)
  • Preparing for Eviction (1:25)
  • Eviction in Absentia (1:59)
  • Eviction Day (3:33)
  • "Believe Me, It's Tough" (2:01)
  • "They're Gangsters" (3:36)
  • Homelessness - "So Sad" (1:34)
  • Banking Practices in 1950s America (1:12)
  • Banking Practices in 21st Century America (1:43)
  • Why Would a Mortgage Company Write a Bad Deal? (1:07)
  • How Banks Make Profit Out of Nothing (1:36)
  • Who Got Caught in the Bubble? (1:43)
  • Suicide and the Housing Bubble (1:23)
  • Ravaged by Predatory Lending (2:24)
  • "I had to have it" (2:26)
  • Who is Responsible? (3:33)
  • Greed is a Motivating Factor in the U.S. (2:14)
  • Not a Recession - A Financial Scandal (1:53)
  • Credits: Plain Old Greed: Wall Street’s Sub-prime Debacle (2:13)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2008.
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50005 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (58 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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