The financial crisis of August 2007 has its
roots in several developments. The fall-out from defaults on loans in
the sub-prime mortgage market in the United States has received
widespread publicity. But monetary policy in the United States has been
tightening since June 30 2004. That tightening, in turn, became
necessary because of the prior stimulus to the economy by easy monetary
policy after the dot.com crash in March 2000 and subsequent slowdown. So
the current crisis has its roots in developments over several years.
Understanding these roots is necessary to appraise the potential effects
on the real economy from the current credit crunch.
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