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The financial crisis : who is to blame?

Author: H Davies
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2010.
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There is still no consensus on who or what caused the financial crisis which engulfed the world, beginning in the summer of 2007. A huge number of suspects have been identified, from greedy investment bankers, through feckless borrowers, dilatory regulators and myopic central bankers to violent video games and high levels of testosterone among the denizens of trading floors. There is not even agreement on whether  Read more...
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Davies, H. (Howard), 1951-
Financial crisis.
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2010
(OCoLC)747306199
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Davies
ISBN: 9780745651644 074565164X 9780745651637 0745651631
OCLC Number: 664616502
Description: vi, 229 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The big picture : Frankenstein's monster: the end of laissez-faire capitalism ; The rich get richer, the poor borrow ; The savings glut: global imbalances ; Too loose for too long: U.S. monetary policy --
The trigger : Minsky's moment ; The subprime collapse: a failure of government? --
The failures of regulation : A capital shortage ; Procyclicality ; The canary in the coal mine: off-balance sheet vehicles ; The taxi at the station: liquidity ; The blind man and the elephant: U.S. regulation ; SEC, RIP? ; Financial weapons of mass destruction: derivatives ; Federal mortgage regulation ; Casino banking: the end of Glass-Steagall ; Too big to fail ; Lighting the touchpaper: light touch regulation ; There were three people in the marriage: UK regulation ; A failure of coordination ; Paradise lost: offshore centres --
Accountants, auditors and rating agencies : Shoot the messenger: fair value accounting ; Tunnel vision: the auditors ; Conflicts of interest: credit rating agencies --
Financial firms and markets : Breaking the chain: originate to distribute ; Too complex to trade: derivatives ; Disaster myopia: risk management ; The roach motel: corporate governance ; Blankfein's bonus: pay and incentives ; The vampire squid: fraud ; A plague of locusts: hedge funds ; Short-selling --
Economics and finance theory: irrational expectations : The death of economics ; Inefficient markets ; An ethics-free zone: business schools --
Wild cards : The watchdog that didn't bark: the media ; Greed is bad ; Lara Croft: video games ; Hormones --
And finally : A combustible mixture.
Responsibility: Howard Davies.
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There is still no consensus on who or what caused the financial crisis which engulfed the world, beginning in the summer of 2007. A huge number of suspects have been identified, from greedy investment bankers, through feckless borrowers, dilatory regulators and myopic central bankers to violent video games and high levels of testosterone among the denizens of trading floors. There is not even agreement on whether the crisis shows a need for more government intervention in markets, or less: some maintain that government encouragement of home ownership lay at the heart of the problem in the US, in particular. In The Financial Crisis, Howard Davies charts a course through these arguments, and the evidence advanced for each of them. The reader can thereby assess the weight to be attached to each, and the likely effectiveness of the remedies under development.--Publisher information.

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