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ECO105 Macroeconomics

Module 4 Discussion

DQ1 Subprime Mortgages

Subprime mortgages are loans to home-buyers with not-so-good credit ratings. Prior to the financial crisis of 2008, hundreds of subprime mortgages would be bundled together and sold as a mortgage-backed security. The feeling at the time was that housing prices would continue to rise, so if any of these risky borrowers were to default on their mortgage, the house itself would become valuable collateral to pay off the loan. But when housing prices began to slide, holders of mortgage-backed securities lost a bundle, and the entire financial system became unglued. Credit dried up.


The government first tried to stabilize markets by investing in financial institutions. Later, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the most sweeping reform of financial markets since the Great Depression, authorized regulators to write and interpret hundreds of new financial rules. Banks are back to being more tightly regulated about the kinds of assets they can own and trade.


For discussion, consider the following:


How is this still affecting the economy today?


Make sure if you are utilizing outside sources to document where the information was retrieved. Document those sources in your post/reply.


DQ2 Current Event Article Discussion


Each week, we will discuss different topics relating to Macroeconomics and show examples of real world application through this current event discussion forum.


Each classmate will be responsible for providing an article for discussion.  Please read all directions before posting. You only have to post one article throughout the course, so find your name on the list to learn when it is your turn, and what topic to cover! Everyone will “reply” to the articles posted.


Schedule of current event topics and posts dates (Modules):


Module 1 – Chapter 1 – I will provide the article and topic of discussion.


Module 2 – Chapter 2 – Hailey A., Jessica G., Jeel R.


Module 3 –  Chapter 3 –  Nicholas, B., William G., Sarah S.


                     Chapter 4 – Ronald C., Megan H., Eli S.


Module 4 – Chapter 5 –  Madeline C., Megan K., Matthew S.


                   Chapter 7 – Kennith C., David K.


Module 5 – Chapter 11 – Katherine C., Amber M., Rolanda V.


                    Chapter 13 – Ashlee D., Christian O.


Module 6 – Chapter 14 – Deanna S., Cassandra O., Elizabeth W.


                    Chapter 15- Brian G., Amisha R.


Your task is two-fold:


1) When it is your turn to post an article – Find a current article (6 months old or sooner), provide the link and a short (1 paragraph summary), and the class will discuss thoughts. Your article should reflect the chapter/topic we are discussing. You must post the link to the discussion forum on Monday by 11:55 pm. This will count as a separate assignment, so do not count it as one of your replies toward discussion. This is only when it is your week for the initial reply.


2) When it is not your week to post an article – Reply to other student article posts/summaries. Think about how the topic relates to what we are covering in the chapters. Does this concept affect you directly/indirectly? What are the impacts on economics?


(You are also required to write up a summary of the article, how it relates to the topics we covered in class and your personal thoughts, via a word document. There is a rubric provided under Assignments for the individual assignments. This part will not be due until Module 7, but I want you to be prepared.)


You will receive a separate grade for your post with the article and summary, so it does not count as a discussion reply. If you need more explanation, please send me an email.


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