Men and Money: The City in the 1960s | A portrait of the bankers who ran London's 'Square Mile'
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 12 May 1964
DURATION | 47 minutes 05 seconds
Beginning with an interview with a man seated on a stack of gold bars, this programme aims to meet the people who claim to understand the world of high finance. Interviews with a variety of dark-suited men, including economists, financial journalists and investment managers, attempt to reveal how they came by this knowledge and what it really amounts to. The programme also asks whether small-time investors are really welcome in this tightly-knit world, and discusses the City's role in protecting these individuals from the potential pitfalls of investment.
Britain's lack of small-time stock market investors is an issue discussed in this programme, and one of the ways in which it was tackled was through the campaigns to encourage share ownership that accompanied the privatisation of Britain's utilities companies by the Thatcher government. The shares did prove remarkably popular, but in the longer term the vast majority of those who bought them did not go on to acquire large and diverse portfolios.
What does the Bank of England do?
'People trust banks and the banks trust the government.'
A window into the world of the 'men in dark suits'.
A look at the analysts whose predictions help navigate the money maze.
Behind the scenes with the 'Man from the Pru' and the 'Names' at Lloyds.
What makes the Square Mile so attractive for foreign investment?
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