Lawrence McDonald

Financial and Economic Expert,
Best-Selling Author of A Colossal Failure of Common Sense

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At the podium, Larry’s expertise takes audiences behind-the-scenes of Lehman Brothers’ collapse and it’s devastating ripple effect through the global economy. In his enlightening and up-to-the-minute speech, McDonald gives straight answers as a former Lehman VP and renowned financial expert—right from the belly of the beast. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? McDonald details the complexities of the collapse, assessing the current situation and providing unparalleled insight into the future of the global economy.

About Lawrence McDonald

Of the great risk managers, bond traders and business experts today, Lawrence McDonald is the only man from the inside of Wall Street who is permitted to speak about the disaster of Lehman Brothers. On the front-line of financial reform, Lawrence McDonald has written a book on the fall of Lehman Brothers, with Patrick Robinson, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Lone SurvivorA Colossal Failure of Common Sense – the Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers (Random House 2009) hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week. It is now one of the bestselling business books in the world, translated into 12 different languages. Larry is President and Founder of McDonald Advisory Group is an asset management firm, specializing in Washington, DC policy research and trading, based in New York City. Larry is currently the Managing Director, Head of US Macro Strategy at Societe Generale and contributor at CNBC and Forbes.

Recently, McDonald discussed the 2008 mortgage crisis on the National Geographic Channel show, The 2000s: A New Reality. The miniseries premiered in July 2015 and takes audiences through all the biggest headlines from the early 2000s – from the collapse of Enron to the rise of social media networks.

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  • A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
  • Global Political Risk

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