Author's Note The $700 Billion Bailout Bill: What Is This Monster?
Introduction Original Sin: The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008: The Patriot Act Meets the World of Finance.
Chapter 1: The Big Hoist: Will the $700 Billion Bailout of the Mortgage and Credit Markets Work? (It Had Better).
How the $700 Billion Bailout Machine Will Work and Who Will Enforce It.
How TARP Will Work.
Will the Taxpayers Ever Get Their $700 Billion Back?
Should Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated?
Chapter 2: The Three Most Important Things You Need to Know Now—Mortgages, Rates, and Housing.
The Bailout Bill: First, the Good News.
Call Up Your Lender and Shout, “I Want to Restructure My Mortgage!”
The Bad News: Getting a Mortgage Is Going to Be Much Tougher.
A Word about Interest Rates.
Falling Home Values.
The Wealthy Will Not Escape Unscathed.
The Silver Lining: Falling Home Prices Mean Bargains for Some.
How Will We Know When Home Prices Have Stopped Falling?
Chapter 3: Where to Put Your Money Now (Hint: Not in a Vacation Home).
The Day the Flipping Stopped.
The Contrarian Play in Vacation Homes.
Investing in Foreclosures.
Stocks: Is Now the Time to Get In?
Once You Decide to Jump In . . .
Safe Havens: Ginnie Mae and Treasury Bond.
A Word about Gold.
The Safest Haven of All: CDs and Savings Accounts in Federally Insured Banks, S&Ls, and Credit Unions.
Chapter 4: Taxes and Politics: EESA Digs a Deeper Money Hole for All of Us.
What Tax “Bennies” Were Actually Given Away?
What Do All These Tax Breaks Mean for the Consumer?
The Last Word: Politics.
Epilogue The Last Word: If I Ran the Regulatory Zoo.
Excerpts from the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Glossary of Terms and Agencies.
About the Author.