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The toxic alphabet soup that almost took down Wall Street is staging a comeback

Liz Moyer

Wall Street's profit-generating machine created a jumble of products (MBS, ABS, CDO...) designed to profit off of the relatively mundane business of mortgage lending. Banks, insurance companies, hedge funds and others were hungry to partake, but what seemed like easy profit at first stopped working when borrowers stopped paying on their loans. Ten years ago, the Treasury announced the $700 billion federal Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP.