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The 25 Scariest Moments Of The Financial Crisis

FEB 8, 2007: HSBC says that its bad debt provisions for 2006 will be 20% higher than expected thanks to a slump in the U.S. housing market. Normal people begin to learn what subprime is.

FEB 8, 2007: HSBC says that its bad debt provisions for 2006 will be 20% higher than expected thanks to a slump in the U.S. housing market. Normal people begin to learn what subprime is.

Source: BBC

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APRIL 2, 2007: New Century files for bankruptcy. It was the largest subprime lender in the United States.

APRIL 2, 2007: New Century files for bankruptcy. It was the largest subprime lender in the United States.

Source: SEC Filing

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JUN 21, 2007: Merril Lynch sells off assets in two Bear Stearns hedge funds as the funds hemorrhage billions of dollars on bad subprime bets.

JUN 21, 2007: Merril Lynch sells off assets in two Bear Stearns hedge funds as the funds hemorrhage billions of dollars on bad subprime bets.

Source: Reuters

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AUG 9, 2007: France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, freezes withdrawals from three investment funds after U.S. subprime mortgage losses crush markets. "The complete evaporation of liquidity in certain market segments of the U.S. securitization market has made it impossible to value certain assets fairly regardless of their quality or credit rating," BNP said in the release.

AUG 9, 2007: France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, freezes withdrawals from three investment funds after U.S. subprime mortgage losses crush markets. "The complete evaporation of liquidity in certain market segments of the U.S. securitization market has made it impossible to value certain assets fairly regardless of their quality or credit rating," BNP said in the release.

Source: Bloomberg

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SEP 4, 2007: Libor — the interbank interest rate — hits 6.7975%, its highest level since December 1998.

SEP 4, 2007: Libor — the interbank interest rate — hits 6.7975%, its highest level since December 1998.

Source: BBC

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OCT 24, 2007: Merrill Lynch announces a $8.4 billion quarterly loss, the largest in its history, thanks to write-downs on subprime mortgages.

OCT 24, 2007: Merrill Lynch announces a $8.4 billion quarterly loss, the largest in its history, thanks to write-downs on subprime mortgages.

Source: Bloomberg

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OCT 31, 2007: Meredith Whitney says Citigroup will have to cut its dividend. Later, it does.

OCT 31, 2007: Meredith Whitney says Citigroup will have to cut its dividend. Later, it does.
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OCT - NOV 2007: Many CEOs would not make it through the financial crisis. Stan O'Neal at Merrill and Chuck Prince at Citigroup both bite the dust, departing in shame but with monster severance packages. O'Neal, for one, walked out with $161.5 million.

OCT - NOV 2007: Many CEOs would not make it through the financial crisis. Stan O'Neal at Merrill and Chuck Prince at Citigroup both bite the dust, departing in shame but with monster severance packages. O'Neal, for one, walked out with $161.5 million.

Source: NBC

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DEC 11, 2007: The FOMC reduces the federal funds rate to 4.25% and cuts the primary credit rate to 4.75%

DEC 11, 2007: The FOMC reduces the federal funds rate to 4.25% and cuts the primary credit rate to 4.75%

Source: FOMC

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MAR 16, 2008: JP Morgan Chase buys Bear Stearns for $2 a share in a fire sale (later it would be $10 a share). The Federal Reserve finances the deal, providing $30 billion so Bear doesn't go bankrupt.

MAR 16, 2008: JP Morgan Chase buys Bear Stearns for $2 a share in a fire sale (later it would be $10 a share). The Federal Reserve finances the deal, providing $30 billion so Bear doesn't go bankrupt.

Source: Bloomberg

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2008: Insurers like MBIA, who have written against the failure of CDOs, get downgraded and collapse. Hedge funder Bill Ackman would reportedly make his investors over a $1 billion on a short position.

2008: Insurers like MBIA, who have written against the failure of CDOs, get downgraded and collapse. Hedge funder Bill Ackman would reportedly make his investors over a $1 billion on a short position.

Source: Confidence Game

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SEP 7, 2008: The saga of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, guarantor of half of U.S. mortgages, culminates with a takeover by the U.S. government

SEP 7, 2008: The saga of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, guarantor of half of U.S. mortgages, culminates with a takeover by the U.S. government

Source: Treasury Dept press release

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SEP 14, 2008: Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch for $50 billion.

SEP 14, 2008: Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch for $50 billion.

Source: CNN Money

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SEP 14, 2008: Meanwhile, Lehman Brothers can't find a buyer and files for bankruptcy.

SEP 14, 2008: Meanwhile, Lehman Brothers can't find a buyer and files for bankruptcy.
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SEP 16, 2008: For only the second time in history, a money market fund "breaks the buck" and reports shares' value below $1. Americans run on money market funds, long considered safe havens, en masse. $140 billion has been withdrawn year-to date.

SEP 16, 2008: For only the second time in history, a money market fund "breaks the buck" and reports shares' value below $1. Americans run on money market funds, long considered safe havens, en masse. $140 billion has been withdrawn year-to date.

Source: NYT, AP

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SEP 17, 2008: The Fed rescues insurance giant AIG from bankruptcy for $85 billion

SEP 17, 2008: The Fed rescues insurance giant AIG from bankruptcy for $85 billion

Source: NYT

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FALL 2008: Longstanding banking giants like Wachovia and Washington Mutual begin to disappear as they are bought by other banks for pennies on the dollar

FALL 2008: Longstanding banking giants like Wachovia and Washington Mutual begin to disappear as they are bought by other banks for pennies on the dollar

Source: WSJ, CNN Money

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SEP 29, 2008: The U.S. House of Representatives defeats a proposed $700 billion emergency bailout package 228-205. Stocks collapse as the votes are counted live.

SEP 29, 2008: The U.S. House of Representatives defeats a proposed $700 billion emergency bailout package 228-205. Stocks collapse as the votes are counted live.

Source: NYT

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OCT 13, 2008: Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson sits down with 9 major bank CEOs. When they leave the room hours later, the federal government has taken an equity position in all of them. The total bailout package looks more like $2.25 trillion, well more than the original $700 billion available.

OCT 13, 2008: Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson sits down with 9 major bank CEOs. When they leave the room hours later, the federal government has taken an equity position in all of them. The total bailout package looks more like $2.25 trillion, well more than the original $700 billion available.

Source: NYT

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OCT 16, 2008: Warren Buffett authors a New York Times op-ed called "Buy American. I Am." He gets absolutely crushed by critics when markets crash further. Rising stock prices in the post-crisis years would later vindicate him.

OCT 16, 2008: Warren Buffett authors a New York Times op-ed called "Buy American. I Am." He gets absolutely crushed by critics when markets crash further. Rising stock prices in the post-crisis years would later vindicate him.

Source: NYT

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OCT 15, 2008: The stock market has another hellish day, plunging 733 points (7.9%).

OCT 15, 2008: The stock market has another hellish day, plunging 733 points (7.9%).
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OCT 2008: Commentators wonder if this is the end of life as we know it. "The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is claiming another casualty: American-style capitalism," wrote the Washington Post's Anthony Faiola. Simon Jenkins at the Guardian called this line of thinking "journalistic wish-fulfillment and glee."

OCT 2008: Commentators wonder if this is the end of life as we know it. "The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is claiming another casualty: American-style capitalism," wrote the Washington Post's Anthony Faiola. Simon Jenkins at the Guardian called this line of thinking "journalistic wish-fulfillment and glee."

Source: WaPo, Guardian

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NOV 2008 - SPRING 2009: The Financial Crisis continues, crippling employment. Eventually the stock market bottoms on March 9, 2009 at 6,547.05.

NOV 2008 - SPRING 2009: The Financial Crisis continues, crippling employment. Eventually the stock market bottoms on March 9, 2009 at 6,547.05.

Source: CNN Money

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Banks would continue to report losses, fight regulation efforts, and eventually stomach higher capital requirements.

Banks would continue to report losses, fight regulation efforts, and eventually stomach higher capital requirements.
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Eventually, thanks to extraordinary bailouts from the Fed and the Congress the market bottom and the economy slowly recovered

Eventually, thanks to extraordinary bailouts from the Fed and the Congress the market bottom and the economy slowly recovered
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