Forecasting failure : a systems perspective on the fall of Countrywide Financial
Author(s)Friedl, Andrew P. (Andrew Philip)
Systems perspective on the fall of Countrywide Financial
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.
Walter N. Torous.
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Countrywide Financial was acquired by Bank of America on January 11th , 2008 for $4.1 B after losing $1.3B in 2007. Not only was it losing money, its financial prospects at the time looked bleak due to their large stake in subprime mortgages. This effective failure of Countrywide Financial set off a chain of events that eventually ended up almost crippling the global economy in late 2008 into early 2009. It will be shown that the financial crisis hit the housing market hard in 2007-2009 due to low mortgage standards in the preceding few years and an oscillating federal funds rate. Using publically available data from Countrywide Financial, prices of individual mortgage backed securities will be calculated using the standard pricing models and an author-developed simple pricing model that utilizes actual default rates at the time. Using these mortgage backed securities' prices along with a stakeholder value network analysis and system dynamics, it will be shown that Countrywide Financial could have been predicted to fail in the 2007-2008 time period. Suggestions for architecting a new housing market are then given after reviewing what was learned.
Thesis: S.M. in Engineering and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, System Design and Management Program, Engineering and Management Program, 2016.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 104-107).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering and Management Program.; System Design and Management Program.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.; System Design and Management Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Engineering and Management Program., System Design and Management Program., Engineering Systems Division.