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Author Freeman, James (Journalist), author.

Title Borrowed time : two centuries of booms, busts, and bailouts at Citi / James Freeman and Vern McKinley.

Publication Info. New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    332.10973 FRE    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xiv, 365 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A bank for the Treasury Secretary -- When failure was allowed (because government wasn't big enough to help) -- City of instability -- Astor to the rescue -- Taylor's bank in an age of panics -- The Rockefeller bank -- A political "big shot" -- A City Banker helps create the Fed -- "Our friendly monster" goes global -- "Sunshine Charlie" doubles down on sugar -- Mitchell and the mania -- Did City Bank cause the crash? -- Bank for the United States -- Walter Wriston and the culture of risk -- Not that big, but too big to fail? -- When countries fail -- The banker who "never made a loan" -- Just another perfect storm -- Creating the next crisis -- The man who knew too little -- "Save Citigroup at all costs" -- Epilogue.
Summary "The alarming, untold story of Citigroup--one of the largest financial institutions in the world--from its founding in 1812 to its role in the 2008 financial crisis, and the many near-death experiences in between. During the 2008 financial crisis, we were told that Citi was a victim of events beyond its control--the larger financial panic, unforeseen economic disruptions and a perfect storm of credit expansion and private greed. To save the economy and keep the bank afloat, the government provided huge infusions of cash through multiple bailouts that frustrated and angered the American public. But, as Wall Street Journal writer James Freeman and financial expert Vern McKinley reveal, the 2008 crisis was just one of many disasters Citi has experienced since its founding more than two hundred years ago. In Borrowed Time they reveal Citi's disturbing history of instability and government support. It's a story that neither Citi nor Washington wants told. Citi has long been tied to the federal government in a relationship that has benefited both. From its earliest years, its well-connected leadership--most of its initial stockholders had owned stock in the Bank of the United States--took massive risks that led to crisis. But thanks to a rescue by private investors, including John Jacob Astor, the bank survived throughout the nineteenth century. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The scale of the financial panic of 2008 was hardly unprecedented. As Borrowed Time shows, crisis and outright disasters have been surprisingly common during the century of government-protected banking--especially at Citi."--Amazon summary.
Subject Citigroup (Firm)
Banks and banking -- United States.
Bank failures -- United States -- Prevention.
Bailouts (Government policy) -- United States.
Financial crises -- United States.
Added Author McKinley, Vern, author.
Other Form: Online version: Freeman, James (Journalist). Borrowed time. First edition. New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2018] 9780062669889 (DLC) 2018011256
ISBN 9780062669872 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0062669877 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9780062669889 (ebk)
0062669885 (ebk)

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