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The Fall of the House of Credit

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  • Milne,Alistair

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How was it possible for problems in one relatively small sector in the global financial system - the American sub-prime mortgage market - to lead to the most serious economic crisis in living memory? In this book, Alistair Milne untangles the complex world of modern banking and examines solutions to the crisis. He shows how the banks misused their ability to securitize loans and, by borrowing short and lending long, exposed themselves to exceptional risks when asset prices started to fall. But it has been above all a collapse in trust and confidence, rather than poor lending decisions, which has fuelled the crisis. Despite all the talk of 'toxic' assets, the book argues that most assets are sound and can be repaid. The imperative is to restore confidence through collective action involving asset purchases, guarantees and recapitalization. Failure to do so will mean that taxpayers will be carrying a crippling tax burden for generations to come.

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This book is provided by Cambridge University Press in its series Cambridge Books with number 9780521762144 and published in 2009.

Order: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521762144
Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9780521762144

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Cited by:
  1. Driffill, John & Miller, Marcus, 2011. "Liquidity When It Matters Most: QE and Tobin’s q," CEPR Discussion Papers 8511, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Fu, Xiaoqing (Maggie) & Lin, Yongjia (Rebecca) & Molyneux, Philip, 2014. "Bank competition and financial stability in Asia Pacific," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 64-77.
  3. Jukka Vauhkonen, 2012. "The Impact of Pillar 3 Disclosure Requirements on Bank Safety," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 37-49, April.
  4. Alistair K. L. Milne, 2011. "Limited Liability Government Debt for the Eurozone -super-†," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 57(1), pages 44-78, March.
  5. Ricardo J. Caballero, 2010. "Macroeconomics after the Crisis: Time to Deal with the Pretense-of-Knowledge Syndrome," NBER Working Papers 16429, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  7. Alistair Milne, 2010. "Macro-Prudential Policy: An Assessment," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 8(1), pages 28-33, 04.
  8. Priscilla Liang & Thomas D. Willett & Nan Zhang, 2010. "The Slow Spread Of The Global Crisis," Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy (JICEP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 1(01), pages 33-58.
  9. Milne, Alistair, 2014. "Distance to default and the financial crisis," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 12(C), pages 26-36.

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