Get to Know Bethany McLean, one amazing lady.

Bethany McLean
So now that I've had some time to put some videos together, I wanted to share one of my favorite figures in the financial world. This is Bethany McLean, she has written The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron and the recent release All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. The latter is unique in that it explains how the current financial system collapsed and it is not about the details of what happened after the fact.

She received her degree in English and Mathematics from Williams College and worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs prior to writing for Fortune and currently writes for Vanity Fair.

I've been waiting for someone who could articulate the fundamental flaws that lead to the crisis in the first place. She does so without bias, which I applaud her for, especially since many have no doubt there was premeditated complicity in the construction of this disaster along with its gains and losses.

If you have the time to watch these videos, I'm promise they will be well worth the investment. You can get a nice sense for financial institutional interplay, as well as the intricacies of financial products. The discussion of mortgage-backed securities is especially good as well as risk/credit ratings and its significant play into financial products.

My favorite video is the C-Span Interview of Bethany McLean and I recommend watching this first. There is also the video below a Charlie Rose interview, but I find it does not maximize the interviewee's flow of ideas.

Enjoy!













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