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House of Cards : America's Mortgage Meltdown

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Summary

  • What better way to understand a financial disaster than to meet the kind of people who created it? This CNBC Original documentary investigates the origins of the global economic crisis through eyewitness accounts from mortgage brokers, investment bankers, naive home buyers, and equally naive investors-as well as former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who encouraged shifts away from traditional lending during the early and mid-2000s. Viewers encounter ex-CEOs of companies that targeted subprime borrowers, credit rating officials who enthusiastically widened the definition of the AAA rating, and a hedge fund manager who profited from the housing crash by investing in credit protection.

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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Dec. 27, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Contents

  • Police Foreclosures (1:20) -- Neighborhood in Ruins (0:56) -- Eviction Health Hazards (0:59) -- Foreclosure Stories (1:26) -- American Dream (1:10) -- Mortgage Company Tactics (0:26) -- Sound Bytes Tell the Story (1:24) -- Outline of the Credit Crisis (0:42) -- September 12, 2001 (0:55) -- Plummeting Mortgage Rates Encourage Americans to Spend (1:55) -- Getting in on the Market (1:44) -- Rising Prices (0:38) -- Birth of Sub Prime Mortgages (1:43) -- Mortgage Backed Securities (0:41) -- Fannie & Freddie Lose Dominance (1:04) -- Wall Street Takes Over the Mortgage Market (1:31) -- Feeding the Demand for Mortgages (0:57) -- Sub Prime Borrowers (1:09) -- Wall Street's Response to Sub Prime Lending (1:03) -- Adjustable Rate Mortgages (2:17) -- Liar Loans (3:26) -- Retail Rally (1:46) -- Refinancing in 30 Minutes (1:55) -- Anyone Can Be a Loan Officer (0:50) -- Quick Loan Funding's Daniel Sadek (1:15) -- Multiple Refinancing (1:13) -- Who is Daniel Sadek? (2:31) -- Mortgage "Product Alternatives" (1:48) -- Investment Grade Securities (2:10) -- Securities Rating (1:18) -- Catastrophic Mispricing of Risk (0:36) -- Collateralized Debt Obligation (0:48) -- No Escaping the Seduction of Wall Street (1:05) -- Collateralized Debt Obligation (1:51) -- Norway's Potential Heroes (2:07) -- Financial Engineering (1:51) -- CDOs: America's 21st Century Export (0:56) -- No Brakes for Mortgage Boom (1:00) -- Sub Prime Mortgages: Where the Money Is (1:40) -- Getting in on the Frenzy (0:43) -- Affluenza: Epidemic Euphoria (0:57) -- Flip That House (1:06) -- Greenspan on the Bubble (2:17) -- Where Was the SEC? (0:55) -- Crunching the Numbers on the Housing Boom (1:16) -- Making Money on Impending Crash (2:05) -- Exporting Risk (1:28) -- Creating its Own Reality (1:39) -- Moody's Defends Ratings (1:27) -- Who is Responsible? Buyer or Seller? (0:58) -- Betting on the Crash (1:21) -- Rising Delinquencies (1:28) -- Mortgage Credit Dries (1:22) -- Refinancing Nightmare (1:17) -- Who Will be Held Accountable in the Mortgage Industry? (0:48) -- Foreclosure Stories (1:05) -- Brand New Ghost Towns (1:21) -- Domino Effect for Investors (1:30) -- One Winner in the Housing Market Crash (1:07) -- Wall Street Collapse (0:53) -- Where are they now? (1:57) -- Role of Greed in Market Collapse (2:23)