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The simple business of losing a trillion

How has so much money been lost in the credit crunch? In essence, it is simple. In the US, over one trillion dollars were lent by financial institutions to house buyers whose income and job prospects were relatively poor. These sub-prime mortgages were then bundled together and sold in the form of mortgage-backed securities. The purchaser of bundles of such securities gained a high rate of return because sub-prime borrowers, being riskier prospects for lending, are charged high rates of interest.

So how risky are these bundles of sub-prime mortgages? This is hard to tell but, luckily (or perhaps not),…

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