Zicklin School Presents Film Screening of Documentary "Confidence Game," Feb. 7

Filmmaker Nick Verbitsky and Financial Journalist William Cohan
to Participate in Q&A

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NEW YORK, NY – The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College, invites you to join filmmaker Nick Verbitsky for a screening of his documentary Confidence Game, on February 7, in the Newman Vertical Campus, room 14-220. The film focuses on the final week of Bear Stearns before the financial collapse of 2008. Financial journalist and author William Cohan will join Verbitsky for a Q&A session after the screening.

On Monday, March 10, 2008, the early tremors of America's subprime mortgage meltdown began rippling down Wall Street at lightning speed. Seven short days later, Bear Stearns, the 85-year old investment bank known for its financial pugilism and outsized profits, found itself on the brink of an unthinkable collapse, making the firm Ground Zero for a crisis that would go on to engulf the entire global financial system. Confidence Game reveals that the downfall of Bear Stearns was not merely a week-long event, but was an inevitable occurrence that had been years in the making.

Interviews with former employees, homeowners, mortgage brokers, whistleblowers and eminent financial journalists including Bryan Burrough, William D. Cohan and Andrew Ross Sorkin provide context for a destruction of wealth not seen since the Great Depression.

Confidence Game reveals how an amalgam of Washington policy and regulatory failures, compliant ratings agencies, media manipulation and fraud in the subprime mortgage market on a massive scale short circuited Wall Street nearly destroying the American economy.

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Confidence Game: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Nick Verbitsky

Date/Time: February 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Newman Vertical Campus, Room 14-220

CONTACT: Matthew LePere, matthew.lepere@baruch.cuny.edu, (646) 312-3231