The Ascent of Money

Wednesday 17 December 2008 at 9:00pm on M4

Niall Ferguson explains how we got hooked on the idea of a property-owning democracy, and why the unintended consequence of “securitizing” mortgages was a global financial crisis.

Wednesday 3 December at 9:00pm on More4

In a new and very timely landmark series, historian Professor Niall Ferguson tackles the story of money and the rise of global finance. In the third film, Niall goes back to the very origins of the joint stock company in Amsterdam and Paris, tracing the rise of the Dutch East India Company and the fall of the French Mississippi Company.

Monday 1 December at 8:00pm on Channel 4

Niall Ferguson goes back to the very origins of the joint stock company in Amsterdam and Paris, tracing the rise of the Dutch East India Company and the fall of the French Mississippi Company. He looks at telling parallels between the Mississippi Bubble caused by the renegade murderer John Law and the Enron bankruptcy at the end of the last American stock market bubble. Drawing on the new theories of behavioural finance, he shows why human beings have a herding instinct when it comes to investment, and why no one can accurately predict when the bulls might stampede.

Wednesday 26 November at 9:00pm on More4

Historian Professor Niall Ferguson tackles the story of money and the rise of global finance. He explores the ascent of one of the great pillars of the modern financial system: the bond market. He traces the market’s rise in Renaissance Italy and its role in the creation of powerfully rich families such as the Rothschilds. Series Dir: Adrian Pennink; Series Prod: Melanie Fall; Prod Co: Chimerica Media

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