The Economic Crisis Of Iceland

931 WordsApr 7, 20164 Pages
Even though freedom for the private sector is a virtue, there should be government regulation in place due to corporate official’s inability to satiate their hunger for personal wealth endangering the global economy and the event in 2008 which was the global economic crisis occurring which could have been prevented or at least lessened. Iceland is known for its beautiful landscapes and vast expanses of nature. Human civilization sparsely dots the land creating an aura of solitude everywhere you go. Iceland can boast that it has good education, clean air, and barely any crime. However, in 2000 the government in Iceland initiated a plan for a broad policy of deregulation. Which would begin a set of disastrous events. Iceland began with…show more content…
American accounting firms audited the Icelandic banks and investment firms which found nothing to be out of the ordinary. Credit rating agencies reported that Iceland was blooming in the economy. Credit rating agencies promoted the banks to the highest possible rating of Triple-A in 2007. Then in 2008 Iceland’s banks collapsed causing countless people to lose their savings. Unemployment tripled in the six months. Government regulators, whose job was to ensure financial stability, had done nothing. One third of Iceland’s regulators worked at those banks. This problem exists the U.S. In September of 2008 the U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy and the collapse of AIG, the world’s largest insurance company, initiated the global financial crisis. The effect this had on shares globally was catastrophic. This in turn cost the world tens of trillions of dollars, doubling the national debt of the Unites States and rendering thirty million people unemployed. This crisis was not an accident. It was caused by an industry which had no supervision. Since the 1980’s the rise of the U.S. financial sector has led to a series of increasingly dire financial crisis. Each one of them causing more damage while the industry has made more and more money. After the Great Depression the U.S. had forty years of economic growth without another crisis.

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