'Are Hedge Funds Heroes or Villains?' a talk by Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Sebastian Mallaby, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow and author of 'More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite', visits Zocalo and the Burkle Center to reveal the hidden history and workings of hedge funds, and the way they will shape the future booms and busts of our economy.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Over the past few years, Americans have heaped blame for the financial crisis on hedge funds. These mysterious but powerful organizations have, in just a few decades, invented previously unheard-of financial instruments, created new markets, and rewritten the rules of capitalism. By studying everything from economics to physics, hedge fund managers also seemed to accomplish the impossible — beating the market, and surviving repeated financial panics, from the stock market slump of the early 1970s to the bond market downturn of the 1990s to the dot-com collapse in 2000. How will hedge funds — and the controversial, commanding men and women who run them — pull through the latest crisis, and how will they determine the future of finance?

About the Author:

Sebastian Mallaby is director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS) and Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An experienced journalist and an acclaimed author, Mr. Mallaby joined CFR from the Washington Post, where he served as a columnist and editorial board member. In addition to his oversight of the CGS, Mr. Mallaby is examining how the interplay of economics and politics is shaping international relations and recently completed a book on hedge funds. His interests cover a wide variety of domestic and international issues, including globalization, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, trade and investment trends, international development, and economic policy. Mr. Mallaby was educated at Oxford. He graduated in 1986 with a First Class degree in modern history.

Directions: For directions, a facilty map, parking instructions, and other information about the MOCA Grand Avenue, please go to http://www.moca.org/museum/moca_grandave.php. Parking $9 w/MOCA validation at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage, enter from Lower Grand Avenue.