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The Fall of the House of Credit

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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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  • Milne,Alistair, 2009. "The Fall of the House of Credit," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521762144.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9780521762144
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    1. Milne, Alistair, 2014. "Distance to default and the financial crisis," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 12(C), pages 26-36.
    2. Alistair Milne, 2009. "Macroprudential policy: what can it achieve?," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 25(4), pages 608-629, Winter.
    3. John Driffill & Marcus Miller, 2013. "Liquidity when it matters: QE and Tobin's q," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 65(suppl_1), pages 115-145, April.
    4. 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.
    5. Alistair K. L. Milne, 2011. "Limited Liability Government Debt for the Eurozone -super-†," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 57(1), pages 44-78, March.
    6. Ricardo J. Caballero, 2010. "Macroeconomics after the Crisis: Time to Deal with the Pretense-of-Knowledge Syndrome," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 24(4), pages 85-102, Fall.
    7. Alistair Milne, 2010. "Macro-Prudential Policy: An Assessment," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 8(1), pages 28-33, 04.
    8. 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.
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