Bear Stearns: The Great Financial Crisis

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On Monday, March 10, the rumour started: Bear Stearns was having liquidity problems. In fact, the maverick investment bank had around $18 billion in cash reserves. But soon the speculation created its own reality, and the race was on to keep Bear’s crisis from destroying Wall Street. In what the economists called a “credit crisis,” the big banks were so spooked they had all but stopped lending money, a nervous Fed, in what some believe was the greatest financial scandal in

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