The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame?
September 2010, Polity
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A - The Big Picture.
1 Frankenstein's monster: The end of Laissez-faire capitalism.
2 The rich get richer - the poor borrow.
3 The savings glut - global imbalances.
4 Too loose for too long - US monetary policy.
B - The Trigger.
5 Minsky's Moment.
6 The sub-prime collapse - a failure of government?
C - The Failures of Regulation.
7 A capital shortage.
9 The Canary in the Coal Mine: off-balance sheet vehicles.
10 The taxi at the station: liquidity.
11 The Blind Mind and The Elephant: US Regulation.
12 SEC- RIP?
13 Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction: Derivatives.
14 Federal Mortgage Regulation.
15 Casino banking : the end of the Glass-Steagall Act.
16 Too big to fail.
17 Lighting the Touchpaper: Light touch regulation.
18 There were three people in the marriage: UK regulation.
19 Lack of Coordination.
20 Paradise lost: offshore centres.
D - Accountants, auditors and rating agencies.
21 Shoot the Messenger: fair value accounting.
22 Tunnel Vision: the auditors.
23 Conflicts of interest: credit rating agencies.
E - Financial Firms and Markets.
24 Breaking the chain: originate to distribute.
25 Too complex to trade: derivatives.
26 Disaster Myopia: risk management.
27 The Roach Motel: corporate governance.
28 Blankfein's bonus: pay and incentives.
29 The Vampire Squid.
30 A plague of locusts: hedge funds.
31 Short Selling.
F - Economics and Finance Theory.
32 The death of economics.
33 Inefficient markets.
34 An ethics-free zone: business schools.
G - Wild Cards.
35 The watchdog didn't bark: the media.
36 Greed is bad.
37 Lara Croft: video games.
39 A combustible mixture.