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Financial crises take many forms. Real estate crises can devastate economies.' So too can bank crises. Stock market crashes can precipitate crises of their own. The "subprime crisis" represents the confluence and worst of all three; like three cyclones merging together in warm offshore waters, these three kinds of crises generated even more destructive force when conjoined. The panic that took shape in U.S. real estate and capital markets in 2007 represents another example in a long historical line of intertwined banking and real estate crises. Securitization served as a new coupling rod joining cycles in real estate and banking markets and creating a new pathway for contagion.