Slapped by the Invisible Hand : The Panic of 2007: The Panic of 2007 by Gary B. Gorton

Slapped by the Invisible Hand : The Panic of 2007: The Panic of 2007

byGary B. Gorton

Kobo ebook | February 8, 2010

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Originally written for a conference of the Federal Reserve Gary Gorton's "The Panic of 2007" garnered enormous attention and is considered by many to be the most convincing take on the recent economic meltdown. Now in Slapped by the Invisible Hand Gorton builds upon this seminal work explaining how the securitized-banking system the nexus of financial markets and instruments unknown to most people stands at the heart of the financial crisis. Gorton shows that the Panic of 2007 was not so different from the Panics of 1907 or of 1893 except that in 2007 most people had never heard of the markets that were involved didn't know how they worked or what their purposes were. Terms like subprime mortgage asset-backed commercial paper conduit structured investment vehicle credit derivative securitization or repo market were meaningless. In this superb volume Gorton makes all of this crystal clear. He shows that the securitized banking system is in fact a real banking system allowing institutional investors and firms to make enormous short-term deposits. But as any banking system it was vulnerable to a panic. Indeed the events starting in August 2007 can best be understood not as a retail panic involving individuals but as a wholesale panic involving institutions where large financial firms "ran" on other financial firms making the system insolvent. An authority on banking panics Gorton is the ideal person to explain the financial calamity of 2007. Indeed as the crisis unfolded he was working inside an institution that played a central role in the collapse. Thus this book presents the unparalleled and invaluable perspective of a top scholar who was also a key insider.

Title:Slapped by the Invisible Hand : The Panic of 2007: The Panic of 2007Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University Press, USALanguage:English

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