This course examines the origins and consequences of the recent financial crisis – a crisis that brought many banks and other financial institutions to their knees.

The course then looks back at aspects of changes in the financial services sector that occurred under the Conservative governments of the 1980s and 1990s. These changes laid the foundations for the boom in the financial services industry in the years up until the crisis in the late 2000s.

The course moves on to look at certain features of the ways that financial firms are currently regulated. Financial services regulation has come under the microscope in the wake of the financial crisis and we will examine one case in particular where regulation appears to have failed – the near collapse of Northern Rock Bank in 2007.

The course concludes by looking at the reforms to the regulation of the financial services industry that are unfolding in the wake of the financial crisis following the 2010 general election.

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