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The Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. was a New York-based global investment bank, securities trading and brokerage firm that failed in 2008 as part of the global financial crisis and recession, and was subsequently sold to JPMorgan Chase. Its main business areas before its failure were capital markets, investment banking, wealth management and global clearing services, and it was heavily involved in the subprime mortgage crisis.
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  • History 

  • Lead-up to the failure – increasing exposure to subprime mortgages 

  • Start of the crisis – two subprime mortgage funds fail 

  • Fed bailout and sale to JPMorgan Chase 

  • Managing Partners/Chief Executive Officers 

  • Major shareholders