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Subject: Dr. Doom Date: 8/18/2008 4:02 PM
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This seems to be a timely post/link on this board. I haven't finished it, but it's interesting whether you buy none of it, some of it, all of it. Those of you who believe only what Rush tells you and what you read on the back of cereal boxes should just skip it.

...He laid out a bleak sequence of events: homeowners defaulting on mortgages, trillions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities unraveling worldwide and the global financial system shuddering to a halt. These developments, he went on, could cripple or destroy hedge funds, investment banks and other major financial institutions like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The audience seemed skeptical, even dismissive. As Roubini stepped down from the lectern after his talk, the moderator of the event quipped, “I think perhaps we will need a stiff drink after that.” People laughed — and not without reason. At the time, unemployment and inflation remained low, and the economy, while weak, was still growing, despite rising oil prices and a softening housing market. And then there was the espouser of doom himself: Roubini was known to be a perpetual pessimist, what economists call a “permabear.” ...


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/magazine/17pessimist-t.htm...
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