Dallas Fed: Financial Crisis has cost up to $14 trillion

The financial crisis cost the U.S. economy $6 trillion to $14 trillion—and possibly twice that—along with untold costs from “special treatment” that too-big-to-fail banks received, according to an explosive new analysis from the Dallas Federal Reserve.

Nearing the five-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy that shocked the global economy, the central bank analysis takes a stark look at the costs left behind by the crisis and the ensuing bailout.

Among the lasting damages, the paper cites continuing and pervasive unemployment as well as the opportunity costs that came from $12.6 trillion in direct aid given to the financial sector.


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