The Complexities of the Financial Turmoil of 2007 and 2008
28 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2008 Last revised: 19 Oct 2008
Date Written: October 7, 2008
Sparked by rising defaults on subprime mortgages, the financial turmoil of 2007 and 2008 threatened the stability of the worldwide financial system and led to unprecedented interventions in financial markets by central banks and other governmental institutions. This essay describes and explains the complexities of the financial turmoil of 2007 and 2008 for students of the financial system so that they might understand better how problems in the mortgage market led to the possibility of collapse of the financial system and the controversial actions taken by the Federal Reserve and other governmental entities. We draw several lessons about the behavior of financial markets and financial regulation from this historic episode.
Keywords: finance, crisis, markets, turmoil, complexity, subprime, meltdown
JEL Classification: E44, E58, G21, G24, G28
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