December 25th, 2008

ronin

"It's different this time" - yeah, sure it is.


Well, we did it again. Only eight years after the last big financial boom ended in disaster, we’re now in the migraine hangover of an even bigger one — a global housing and debt bubble whose bursting has wiped out tens of trillions of dollars of wealth and brought the world to the edge of a second Great Depression. Millions have lost their houses. Millions more have lost their retirement savings. Tens of millions have had their portfolios smashed. And the carnage in the "real economy" has only just begun.

What the hell happened? After decades of increasing financial sophistication, weren’t we supposed to be done with these things? Weren’t we supposed to know better? Yes, of course. Every time this happens, we think it will be the last time. But it never will be.


http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200812/blodget-wall-street

This is an excellent article. Not too long, not technical at all, and full of hard-won wisdom.