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The Financial Crisis: Economists And Politicians Who Got It Right (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/19/09 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:00 PM ET

Financial prognostication has a notoriously shoddy track record (We're looking at you, Jim Cramer!).

But did anyone actually see the financial crisis coming?

Well, sort of. There were a number of economists, pundits and even a few politicians who either predicted aspects of the crisis or had eerily prescient things to say about the pre-credit crunch, pre-housing bust economy.

We've compiled a list of some of the most notable soothsayers of financial doom. Check out our photos and vote for your favorite prophet of our still-lingering financial apocalypse. If you know of any other thinkers who predicted to the crisis, leave them in the comments section and we'll add them to the list.


Nouriel Roubini, NYU Professor And Chairman Of RGE Monitor
 
The economist they call "Dr. Doom" didn't earn his nickname by shilling Wall Street encomiums. Roubini was one of the most vocal critics of the pre-bubble American economy. Witness this gem from New York magazine way back in 2006: "...since 1997, real home prices have increased by about 90 percent. There is no economic fundamental—real income, migration, interest rates, demographics—that can explain this. It means there was a speculative bubble. And now that bubble is bursting."
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