Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown by Edmund L. Andrews

By Edmund L. Andrews

A veteran New York Times economics reporter, Ed Andrews was once in detail conscious of the risks posed via effortless mortgages from fast-buck creditors. but, on the promise of a moment probability at love, he succumbed to the temptation of subprime lending and have become a part of the industrial disaster he used to be overlaying. In unusually brief order, he accumulated a awesome volume of debt and reached the sting of bankruptcy.

In Busted, Andrew bluntly recounts his misadventures in mortgages and is going one step additional to explain the agents, creditors, Wall road avid gamers, and Washington policymakers who helped deliver that cash to his door. the result's a penetrating and infrequently acerbic examine the binge and bust that almost bankrupted the United States.

Enabled by means of know-nothing complacency in Washington, Wall road wizards used "collateralized debt obligations," "conduits," and different inscrutable monetary "innovations" to place American domestic financing into hyperdrive. thousands of american citizens deserted the security of thirty-year, fixed-rate mortgages and loaded up on debt. whereas regulators insisted that the markets knew most sensible, Wall highway companies fragmented and repackaged unsound loans into securities that the ranking corporations stamped with triple-A seals of approval.

Andrews describes a remarkably democratic debacle that made fools out of individuals up and down the monetary nutrients chain. From a confessional assembly with Alan Greenspan to a trek throughout the McMansion bubble of the OC, he maps the arc of the Frankenstein loans that introduced the yankee economic climate to the brink.

With on-the-ground reporting from the frothiest quarters of the predicament, Andrews locates what's more likely to be the high-water mark in America's long term include of upper borrowing, larger risk-taking, and the fervent trust within the risk of straightforward gains.

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