Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve Image

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  • Summary: Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed Chairman's every word. Yet the average person knows very little about the most powerful - and least understood - financial institution on earth. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, Money For Nothing is the first film to take viewers inside the Fed and reveal the impact of Fed policies - past, present, and future - on our lives. Join current and former Fed officials as they debate the critics, and each other, about the decisions that helped lead the global financial system to the brink of collapse in 2008. And why we might be headed there again. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Sep 19, 2013
    [An] informing if not inflaming documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 6, 2013
    With a blitz of talking heads and graphs and technical jargon, Money For Nothing can be exhausting viewing at times, and it's certainly not the most cinematic experience... But it's never unclear.
  3. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Sep 19, 2013
    A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed’s origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 10, 2013
    Bruce may succeed in making you wary of the Fed, but, unfortunately, he's also likely to make you wary of his film.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 11, 2013
    Money for Nothing feels less prophetic than generally handwringing -- it's just enough to produce vague worry in the unschooled without moving policymakers to do anything they're not already doing.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 12, 2013
    The film doesn’t really live up to its subtitle. There is little sense of what kinds of debates take place at board meetings or how pressure is applied behind closed doors.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 19, 2013
    The best thing about Money for Nothing is the many talking heads trying to explain what monetary policy is and what the Fed does: controlling the supply of money and, with any luck, guiding the economy.

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