American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009

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The financial crisis of 2008 was estimated to be the most dangerous since the Great Depression of the 1930’s (The financial crisis, 2009). The catalyst was the 2007 bubble burst of the housing market which spread quickly to the US financial sector and ultimately affected the global economy. The American auto industry was devastated by this crisis. Detroit’s big 3 companies Ford, Chrysler and GM’s had their debt problems exposed as a result. Increased debt and lower cash flows forced the automotive giants to seek solutions that would allow them to remain a viable entity in the coming years.

The ripple effect of the automotive melt down moved to the surrounding communities. Detroit’s communities were hit very hard. These communities are heavily reliant on automotive and the complementary raw materials produced. When the big 3 were in an insolvent situation Detroit’s communities began to crumble. This led Detroit to declare bankruptcy July 18, 2013 ("Key dates in," 2014). As domestic problems continued to manifest they spilled over into global communities. Global recession began to occur by the end of 2008. At the end of 2008 the Dow Jones value had decreased by 33.8%, China, Germany and Japan were locked in recession. To help stimulate the American and world economies the US Government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009. This economic stimulus package was created to restore economic growth and trust in the financial industry (Berk & DeMarzo, 2011).

The assessment will evaluate how the Act’s allowance for accelerating bonus depreciation can impact a security’s value. The assessment will further address how companies can use provisions of this Act to assist with optimizing a securities risk a...

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...ate common risk shared by all securities in the market. The 2008 global financial crisis illustrates the power of market risk.


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