The Credit Crunch

The Credit Crunch : Housing Bubbles, Globalisation and the Worldwide Economic Crisis

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This book argues that the current financial turmoil signals a crisis in globalisation that will directly challenge the free market economic model.

Graham Turner shows that the housing bubbles in the West were deliberately created to mask the damage inflicted by companies shifting production abroad in an attempt to boost profits. As these bubbles burst, economic growth in many developed countries will inevitably tumble. The Japanese crisis of the 1990s shows that banks and governments may struggle to contain the fallout. The problem has not been limited to the US, UK and Europe: housing bubbles have become endemic across wide swathes of emerging market economies. As the West slides, these countries will see an implosion of their credit bubbles too, shaking their faith in the free market.

Turner is an experienced and successful economic forecaster, whose opinions are sought by large international banks and top financial journalists. Drawing from his first hand experience of the Japanese property crash of the 1990s, he presents his analysis in a clear and persuasive style, showing that the end of housing market growth spells disaster for neoliberal globalisation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 70 charts and graphs
  • 0745328105
  • 9780745328102
  • 614,339

Table of contents

Preface - Save Burberry Jobs

1. Globalisation and Credit Growth

2. Overinvestment and financial crises

3. Addicted to Debt

4. 'Free trade' and Asset Inflation

5. Dealing With The Fallout

6. Emerging Market Bubbles

7. Battling Deflation In Japan

8. Policy Failure In A Liquidity Trap

9. Where are we heading?


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Review quote

'A sharp observer of developments in the financial markets and was way ahead of the pack in warning about the risks of the American credit boom. Here, he delves deep into the origins of the credit crunch, laying the blame not just with Wall Street, but with the inevitable consequences of unfettered globalisation' -- Heather Stewart, Observer 'Graham Turner is one of only a handful of economists to understand the roots of the current financial crisis, its implications for all of us and - crucially - what should be done now.' -- Larry Elliott, Guardian 'A clear and independent voice in a confused and noisy world' -- Hamish McRae, Independent
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About Graham Turner

Graham Turner is the founder of GFC Economics an independent economic consultancy which provides forecasting services for some of the world's largest banks. He has worked in the financial sector for over 20 years and is the author of The Credit Crunch (Pluto, 2008) and No Way to Run an Economy (Pluto, 2009).
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