What precipitated the financial crisis still engulfing the world was a severe shortage of cash by leading banks. This article will try to shed a little light on what has actually happened, as opposed to what we are told by the media.
The lending frenzy of the last few years culminated in the lending of large sums of money by banks and mortgage institutions to down-and-outers and no-hopers with no chance of ever repaying the money. Part of the reason they did this may be put down to political pressure from politicians who saw this as a chance to increase their own popularity with down-and-out voters.
Another reason may be that the original lenders made some initial profit from each deal and then sold the toxic debts as part of a "package" of debts that included some that were not so toxic. They sold them to all kinds of financial … Read More