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That's a really good point, but the question is, since the problem is essentially that some borrowers are failing to make good on their obligations to repay their loans (and loans given at historically LOW interest rates, for the most part), WHY aren't bankers the victims here?

To answer this, we have to break out of the rules of the system and account for the fact that bankers are simply more powerful people in society, as a class, than borrowers are, and they are not the victims here precisely because they are the ones who made up the rules that borrowers and themselves must try to follow.  And those rules are what allowed borrowers to be given more credit than was their due, not the borrowers themselves.

by santiago on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 07:53:43 PM EST
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That and the fact that the bankers helped inflate a property bubble.

If you borrow € 1 mil to buy a house that is really only worth € 0.5 mil, pay off € 0.2 mil out of your ordinary income before going underwater when the price resets to a more realistic value, then you've lost € 0.2 mil relative to the scenario where the housing market didn't suffer from a bubble. Plus the expense of bankruptcy and the inconvenience of foreclosure...

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Apr 20th, 2010 at 06:25:31 AM EST
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