The clearest explanation yet of how the financial crisis of 2008 developed and why it could happen again
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Jennifer Taub is a professor at Vermont Law School and formerly an associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments. She lives in Northampton, MA.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Lost Ground 1
Part I Highfliers
Chapter 1 The Nobelmans 9
Chapter 2 The Condo King and His Empire 17
Chapter 3 The Run on American Savings and Loan 34
Chapter 4 The Saturday Night Massacre 47
Chapter 5 Deregulation Inauguration 59
Chapter 6 The Red Baron of Finance 78
Chapter 7 The Bailout 97
Chapter 8 Friends of the Court 108
Part II Repeat Performance
Chapter 9 Friend of the Family 123
Chapter 10 The Factory Line 140
Chapter 11 The Bubble 163
Chapter 12 First to Fall 188
Chapter 13 Surf and Turf 209
Chapter 14 Legal Enablers of the Toxic Chain 222
Chapter 15 The Great Betrayal 247
Part III Myth Confronts Reality
Chapter 16 Dispelling Myths about the Crisis 269
Epilogue: Cast Again 284
Do the conditions that caused the financial crisis persist? Could this happen again?
Unfortunately, yes. In 2009 Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke defended the multi-trillion-dollar bailouts, explaining that "it wasn't to help the big firms that we intervened. . . . When the elephant falls down, all the grass gets crushed as well." Today, the elephants are larger than ever, and the grass is still crushed. The top banks are bigger, and they still borrow excessively in the short-term and overnight markets, leaving them vulnerable to runs. But let's be clear. For most Americans, it's not a question of when the next crisis will hit, but when this one will end.
Why another book about the financial crisis? What's new here?
I wrote Other People's Houses because I wanted to tell the story of the crisis from the perspective of homeowners. Many books about the crisis speak in broad concepts, or they dramatize the crisis exclusively from the vantage point of bank executives and high-level government officials. Homeowners who are included can appear randomly selected, like stock characters. Other People's Houses takes a fresh approach. The central narrative thread is the Nobelman v. American Savings Bank decision, a Supreme Court case that still prevents families from saving their homes through bankruptcy. My book uncovers the back stories of the associated homeowners, bankers, and regulators and traces them forward from the savings and loan debacle, through the toxic-mortgage-backed financial crisis, to the JPMorgan Chase $6 billion London Whale trading losses.