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Thieves of Bay Street: How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians [Hardcover]

Bruce Livesey
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March 22 2012
A newsmaking exposé about why Canada's financial industry is a haven for fraud.
 
Beneath the veneer of stability that saw Canada's banking sector through the financial crash of 2008, investigative reporter Bruce Livesey has uncovered a rampant failure of epidemic proportions. Though no large financial institution has recently gone bust in this country, white-collar criminals, scam artists, Ponzi schemers and organized crime, from the Hells Angels to the Russian mafia, know that Canada is the place in the Western world to rip off investors. And the fraudsters do so with little fear of being caught and punished.
 
Thieves of Bay Street investigates Canada's biggest financial scandals of recent years. Readers will learn what banks do with investors' money and what happens when they lose it. They will meet the bogus investment gurus, the brokers who lose money with both reckless abandon and impunity, the bankers who squander money in toxic investments, the lawyers who protect them and the regulators who do nothing to keep them from doing it again. And most importantly, they'll meet the victims who are demanding that our vaunted banking sector finally come clean on its dirtiest secret.

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FINALIST 2013 – Arthur Ellis Awards—Best Crime Non-Fiction
 
“Listeners of NPR’s Planet Money podcast, which has a knack for telling complicated financial stories in plain, vivid English, will note the same talent in Livesey.... A dogged reporter, he travels far beyond downtown Toronto to reconstruct the downfalls of Nortel, Stelco and [Conrad] Black’s Hollinger International, among others.”
The Walrus
 
“Compelling.... Livesey scores many perceptive points.... His writing is punchy and persuasive, fuelled by intelligence. He also nicely interweaves statistics, public-policy arguments and analysis and explanations of how the markets work (or don’t work...) with individual horror stories of financial planning and investing gone awry.”
Winnipeg Free Press
 
“Essential reading not only for those with money to invest, but anyone concerned about the path to social and economic ruin we are following.”
The Record (Kitchener)

About the Author

BRUCE LIVESEY is an award-winning investigative journalist. His writing has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers in Canada. He also has extensive experience as a television producer, working for the investigative unit of CBC TV's The National, the fifth estate and CBC News Sunday, as well as outside Canada for a co-production of PBS Frontline and the New York Times, Al Jazeera English and Al Gore's Current TV. He is a co-winner of a Dupont Award, one of the most prestigious US television awards, and has been nominated for 2 Geminis and 3 national magazine awards, winning in 2008. He lives and works in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thieves of Bay Street Aug. 8 2012
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An excellent and revealing book which all should read. It lays bare the financial industry and players in Canada. A must and easy read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tieves of Bay Street June 17 2012
By Ben
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To begin,I want to congratulate Bruce Livesey for his courage to write this book, exposing the malfeasance of the most powerful
strata of our society.
The book is an easy read owing to the articulate writing style of the author. The reading becomes more difficult when one begins
to comprehend the nefarious ways by which many top bankers and corporate captains seek to satisfy their enormous drives of greed
and power drunkenness. Their transgressions are detrimental to individuals and economies worldwide. Regretfully the power of these
self-portective cliques, as well as subservient governments and regulators, keep them immune to lawful constraints.
The book is a must read for anyone who currently invests or contemplates to do so in the future. It slso should be compulsory reading
for financial advisors. Perhaps this expose might guide them to the path of intregrity.

An excellent work!

Benno A. Wilke
30 Terraview Heights Drive
Peterborough, Ontario
Canada, K9L 1M5
benawilke@sympatico.ca
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect July 4 2013
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Bought this for a friend who was having problems with his finance brokers. He said the book was a great help to him.
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