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Financial Shock (Updated Edition): Global Panic and Government Bailouts--How We Got Here and What Must Be Done to Fix It

Financial Shock (Updated Edition): Global Panic and Government Bailouts--How We Got Here and What Must Be Done to Fix It

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  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-264376-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-264376-4

"In Financial Shock, Mr. Zandi provides a concise and lucid account of the economic, political, and regulatory forces behind this binge."

The Wall Street Journal

“The obvious place to start is the financial crisis, and the clearest guide to it that I’ve read is Financial Shock by Mark Zandi....It is an impressively lucid guide to the big issues.”

David Leonhardt, The New York Times

“If you wonder how it could be possible for a subprime mortgage loan to bring the global financial system and the U.S. economy to its knees, you should read this book. No one is better qualified to provide this insight and advice than Mark Zandi.”

Larry Kudlow, Host, CNBC’s Kudlow & Company

“Mark Zandi provides insightful analysis, thoughtful recommendations, and a comprehensible explanation of the financial crisis that is accessible to the general public and extremely useful to those who specialize in the area.”

Barney Frank, Chairman, House Financial Services Committee

The Definitive Financial Meltdown Exposé:

Now completely updated to include discussions of the Obama administration’s many policy initiatives and proposed solutions.

•Includes expanded coverage of the market meltdown, the bailout bill and stimulus plans, the bank rescue plan, and the foreclosure mitigation plan

• Sifting the wreckage, fixing the blame: the roles of mortgage lenders, investment bankers, speculators, the real estate industry, regulators, the Fed, and homebuyers

• Tomorrow’s emerging financial shocks—and how to prevent them

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments . . . viii

About the Author . . . ix

Introduction . . . 1

Chapter 1: Subprime Précis . . . 9

Chapter 2: Sizing Up Subprime . . . 33

Chapter 3: Everyone Should Own a Home . . . 49

Chapter 4: Chairman Greenspan Counts on Housing . . . 67

Chapter 5: Global Money Men Want a Piece . . . 81

Chapter 6: Bad Lenders Drive Out the Good . . . 97

Chapter 7: Financial Engineers and Their Creations . . . 113

Chapter 8: Home Builders Run Aground . . . 131

Chapter 9: As the Regulatory Cycle Turns . . . 145

Chapter 10: Boom, Bubble, Bust, and Crash . . . 161

Chapter 11: Credit Crunch . . . 175

Chapter 12: Timid Policymakers Turn Bold . . . 193

Chapter 13: Economic Fallout . . . 233

Chapter 14: Back to the Future . . . 251

Endnotes . . . 273

Index . . . 285


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