Let the Blame Begin

Everyone played some rolethe Street, lenders, ratings agencies, hedge funds, even homeowners. Where does responsibility lie?

Who's responsible for the subprime mess? Not us, say the lenders that made risky mortgage loans to consumers. Similar denials come from the Wall Street firms that bought, packaged, and sold the loans to investors; the bond-ratings agencies that said those investments were safer than they turned out to be; and the hedge funds that gorged on them. As the allegations fly, various players are busy issuing disclaimers and pointing fingers at everyone else.

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