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Reference no. A203
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Stanford Business School (2009)
12 March 2009
28 pages
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This case takes an in-depth look at the events and causes leading to the US government bailout of American International Group. Source material includes testimony before Congress, AIG''s public disclosures and various news articles. The case tells the history of AIG, its Financial Products division and credit default swaps. The case then highlights several external and internal factors cited by management, experts and the press as having a role in AIG''s failure. These factors include AIG''s governance, compensation and risk management policies, as well as the roles played by the rating agencies, accounting standards (specifically mark-to-market accounting) and regulation.


AIG; Financial crisis; Credit default swap; Governance; Incentives; Rating agencies; Regulation; Risk management

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