The Collapse Of Lehman Brothers Essay

2701 WordsMar 5, 201511 Pages
Abstract This paper is about how did “Shadow Banking” precipitate the financial Crises. Then discusses the impacts of the crisis on the major financial institutions. Introduction The collapse of Lehman Brothers, a sprawling global bank, in September 2008 almost brought down the world’s financial system. Considered by many economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great depression of the 1930s. Economist Peter Morici coined the term the “The Great Recession” to describe the period. While the causes are still being debated, many ramifications are clear and include the failure of major corporations, large declines in asset values (some estimates put the drop in the trillions of dollars range), substantial government intervention across the globe, and a significant decline in economic activity. Both regulatory and market based solutions have been proposed or executed to attempt to combat the causes and effects of the crisis. After peaking in the United States in 2006, the global housing bubble collapse. On the national level, home prices in the United States have dropped by almost 40% according to the Case-Schiller home price Index from 2006 peak to mid 2009. Securities with risk exposure to housing market plummeted, causing great damage to financial institutions across the globe. Stock markets all over the world suffered large drops in 2008 and early 2009 as questions arose regarding the solvency of major financial institutions and liquidity in the
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