This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. Contents: (1) Introduction; (2) The Underlying Financial Problems: Complex Finance: The House of Cards: Structured Investment Vehicles (SIVs); Metro¿s Credit Enhancement; What Makes a Financial Crisis?; (3) Government Interventions; Open Market Operations and Monetary Policy; The Discount Window; Term Auction Facility (TAF); Treasury¿s ¿Super-SIV¿ Proposal; Provision of New Capital to Financial Institutions: Bear Stearns; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; AIG; The $700 Billion Troubled Assets Relief Program (P.L. 110-343); Increases in Government Guarantees and Insurance; Commercial Paper; Citigroup; (4) Policy Issues: Are Regulators¿ Tools Adequate?: Information; Speculation. Charts and tables.