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House of Debt

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The economic recession is typically foregone by a significant buildup of consumer debt, followed by a substantial decline in household spending, resulting in loss of jobs in the whole economy. In addition, a bubble in housing was inflated during the Great Recession because lending institutions provided mortgages to borrowers who could not repay them, and complicated financial instruments concealed fraudulent and risky lending activities.

hashtaginvestment
hashtageconomics
hashtagbanking
hashtagmoney
hashtagpersonal-finance
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The bailouts we gave to the banks during the Great Recession weren’t the true causes of the economic slump. Instead, overlending mortgages to those who couldn't afford them was the real problem, creating heavy debt and, ultimately, a collapse of the consumer market. In House of Debt, the authors suggest developing new strategies for managing debt and boosting the economy to avoid the consequences of the boom-and-bust cycle in the future.

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The economic recession is typically foregone by a significant buildup of consumer debt, followed by a substantial decline in household spending, resulting in loss of jobs in the whole economy. In addition, a bubble in housing was inflated during the Great Recession because lending institutions provided mortgages to borrowers who could not repay them, and complicated financial instruments concealed fraudulent and risky lending activities.

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Consumer debt plays a significant role in bringing about serious recessions and a drastic decline in household budgets.

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Borrowers with lower income levels suffer more than others from housing price declines.

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Debt-ridden households spend less during a recession, negatively impacting employment in the country.

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It isn't the ideal solution to bail out banks in the face of a debt-driven crisis.

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It is more efficient to forgive debt than to increase government spending and stimulate inflation in a recessionary economy.

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