The collapse of Drexel Burnham Lambert: a story of insider trading and greed

In the 1980s, Michael Milken was known in Wall Street as the "The Junk Bond King". A junk bond, also called a high-yield bond, is a corporate debt instrument that has a high probability of default, but provides a potential high rate of return. Milken, who worked at investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert, was by far … Continue reading The collapse of Drexel Burnham Lambert: a story of insider trading and greed

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Black Monday: the stock market crash of 1987

After the Great Depression, started with the famous stock market crash of 1929, American people became so afraid of losing again all their saving that they left the markets, being replaced by institutional investors, such as insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds and commercial banks. Moreover, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), created … Continue reading Black Monday: the stock market crash of 1987

What is a Lender of Last Resort?

A Lender of Last Resort (LLR) is an institution, usually a country's Central Bank (like the Federal Reserve in the United States), that offers loans to banks or other organizations that are having financial difficulties or that are near a collapse or a bankruptcy. Generally, LLRs borrow money to those companies or financial institutions whose … Continue reading What is a Lender of Last Resort?

Are banks necessary?

On September 15th, 2008 the Great Recession, officialy started in December 2007, materialized in the financial world with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., one of the oldest and largest investment banks in Wall Street. The fate of the famous financial firm has shown to all the world the fragility and the weakness of the current economic system, centered … Continue reading Are banks necessary?