When Banks Fall Apart

Three case histories of spectacularly bad banking practices.


01The Day The Bank Stopped19990731

Julian Putkowski presents the story of the City of Glasgow Bank, which each year until 1878 printed outstanding balance sheets for its thousands of shareholders.


02The Great Portuguese Banknote Swindle19990807

Julian Putkowski relates the story of how, in the 1920s, a man with impeccable credentials persuaded Waterlow's to print a special order of one million pounds' worth.

03 LASTThe Russia Gamble19990814

When Lloyd George decided to buy banks in Russia, he had to go through a shady financier - or was he a con man?