Alchemists of Loss: How Modern Finance and Government Intervention Crashed the Financial System

(Wiley, 2010)

Book Forum
November 16, 2010 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST


Featuring the authors Kevin Dowd, Pensions Institute, Cass Business School, City University London; and Martin Hutchinson, The Bear's Lair; with comments by Anthony Sanders, George Mason University; moderated by Mark Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.

Disasters are generally caused by bad ideas. There was the theory that government should guarantee housing loans and that the Federal Reserve could inflate our way to prosperity. There were the regulators, who thought risk could be eliminated by 1,000-page rulebooks. And there were the academics, who thought capitalism with massive debt and "scientific management" control was just as good as the real thing. In Alchemists of Loss, authors Kevin Dowd and Martin Hutchinson take each to task and show how all combined in bringing our financial markets to the brink.