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Leverage? What Leverage? A Deep Dive into the U.S. Flow of Funds in Search of Clues to the Global Crisis, Tamim Bayoumi, Ashok Bhatia

This paper questions the view that leverage should have forewarned us of the global financial crisis of 2007-09, pointing to several gearing indicators that were neither useful portents of the onset of the crisis nor of its ferocity. Instead it shows, first, that the use of ill-suited collateral in the secured funding operations of U.S.-based investment banks was the fatal link between the collapse of structured finance and the global malfunction of funding markets that turbocharged the downdraft; and, second, that this insight (and others) can be decrypted from the Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States
Table Of Contents
Cover; Contents; Glossary; Executive Summary; I. Introduction: Our Search for the Smoking Gun; Figures; 1. Leverage? What Leverage?; II. The Flow of Funds Accounts: From the Macro to the Financial; A. Nonfinancial Private Sector Net Worth: A Rational Gambit; 2. Was it Debtor Leverage?; B. Household Finances: Let the Good Times Roll; 3. Was it Households as Net Debtors?; C. Nonfinancial Business Finances: The Cash Cow; 4. Was it a Borrowing Spree by Firms?; D. Government Finances: Use that Firepower; 5. Was it Foreigners Buying U.S. Treasuries?
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non fiction
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