Analysis Of The Documentary ' Inside Job ' Essay

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The documentary “Inside Job” offers its viewers with a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the 2008 financial crisis, which eventually led to the Great Recession that later cost the world ten trillion dollars and thirty million jobs. Almost all major economist as well as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agree that the recession is the worst global recession that has ever happened since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
What caused the financial crisis to happen? The origin of the crisis, the film argues, can be traced back to the 1980s, when the process of deregulation was eagerly implemented under the Reagan Era. Prior to the emergence of Reaganomics, the financial industry was tightly regulated following the Great Depression. Most of the banks were local and were prohibited from speculating customers’ deposits (brought by the Glass-Steagall Act), while the investment banks were modest and private. However, everything changed after 1980, when Ronald Reagan became president and the U.S economy entered a thirty-year phase of deregulation. Financial institutions, which included commercial and investment banks then embarked on the process of maximizing profit by making risky investments with the depositors’ money. By the end of the decade, saving and loans companies went bankrupt, causing tax payers to lose more than one hundred billion dollars. However, the government did not implement any reform and deregulation continued to take place under the Clinton…

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