The End of Wall Street

The End of Wall Street

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The roots of the mortgage bubble and the story of the Wall Street collapse-and the government's unprecedented response-from our most trusted business journalist.

The End of Wall Street is a blow-by-blow account of America's biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression. Drawing on 180 interviews, including sit-downs with top government officials and Wall Street CEOs, Lowenstein tells, with grace, wit, and razor-sharp understanding, the full story of the end of Wall Street as we knew it. Displaying the qualities that made When Genius Failed a timeless classic of Wall Street-his sixth sense for narrative drama and his unmatched ability to tell complicated financial stories in ways that resonate with the ordinary reader-Roger Lowenstein weaves a financial, economic, and sociological thriller that indicts America for succumbing to the siren song of easy debt and speculative mortgages.

The End of Wall Street is rife with historical lessons and bursting with fast-paced action. Lowenstein introduces his story with precisely etched, laserlike profiles of Angelo Mozilo, the Johnny Appleseed of subprime mortgages who spreads toxic loans across the landscape like wild crabapples, and moves to a damning explication of how rating agencies helped gift wrap faulty loans in the guise of triple-A paper and a takedown of the academic formulas that-once again- proved the ruin of investors and banks. Lowenstein excels with a series of searing profiles of banking CEOs, such as the ferretlike Dick Fuld of Lehman and the bloodless Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, and of government officials from the restless, deal-obsessed Hank Paulson and the overmatched Tim Geithner to the cerebral academic Ben Bernanke, who sought to avoid a repeat of the one crisis he spent a lifetime trying to understand-the Great Depression.

Finally, we come to understand the majesty of Lowenstein's theme of liquidity and capital, which explains the origins of the crisis and that positions the collapse of 2008 as the greatest ever of Wall Street's unlearned lessons. The End of Wall Street will be essential reading as we work to identify the lessons of the market failure and start to reb...
Publisher: Penguin USA,, 2010.
ISBN: 9781101197691
1101197692
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Aug 29, 2013

"The market system itself had come undone. Banks couldn't borrow; investors wouldn't lend; companies could not refinance." ????? With these two sentences, we know the book is meant to mislead, misdirect and misinform. Banks couldn't borrow because interbank loans froze given that many banksters finally realized that hundreds of trillions of dollars of ultra-leveraged debt had been written agains minimal amounts of capital on hand, while many trillions, again perhaps hundreds of trillions in possible payouts, had been written in unregulated insurance, i.e., credit default swaps, especially nakded swaps or uncovered swaps. Lowenstein may be a Wall Street insider (?) but you won't find out any real information from this hack. [And no, a 3% mortgage foreclosure rate in America did not bring down the global economy.]

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