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Public lecture: Modern finance in the Middle Ages – University of Reading

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Public lecture: Modern finance in the Middle Ages

Release Date 12 February 2013

Modern finance in the middle ages

In the penultimate lecture of the series, Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the University's International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre, will discuss the parallels between financial crises today and those 800 years ago. 

Ever since the financial crisis of 2007-8, finance has never been far from the front pages, but this is not new - we can find a credit crunch, sovereign default and rate rigging in medieval Europe.

Just like current investment bankers, medieval merchants were engaged in financial engineering, risky lending to governments and manipulation of exchange rates. This lecture will explore how medieval financial innovations have many parallels with recent events.

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