8 who saw the crisis coming... and 8 who didn'tJust a few from the list:2. The EconomistNouriel RoubiniNYU Stern School of BusinessIn 2005, Roubini said home prices were riding a speculative wave that would soon sink the economy. Back then the professor was called a Cassandra. Now he's a sage.His current forecast is equally apocalyptic: a protracted recession with up to $2 trillion in credit losses and a systemic banking crisis. "The FDIC spent 10% of its reserves to bail out IndyMac, and that was the first in a wave of failures," Roubini says. "Will we soon have to bail out the FDIC?"4. The InvestorRobert RodriguezFirst Pacific AdvisorsAnticipating an economic slowdown, Rodriguez began moving his stock mutual funds into cash in 2004. Big warning signs for him included the mania in the mortgage market and lax corporate lending covenants. "We clearly no longer had lending standards," he says.He is still not buying stocks, expecting the slump to last a long time as the credit crisis that began in the housing sector spills into other areas.5. The RegulatorWilliam PooleFormer president, St. Louis Federal ReserveHe warned in 2002 that Fannie and Freddie didn't have the cash to weather a storm, and he's pessimistic about their future. "They can limp along because they are now explicitly backed by the government, but they should be wound down," he says.He also believes the Fed's strategy of maintaining low interest rates to keep the economy humming will backfire: "To avoid a mild recession now, we're risking a much deeper recession later."Full story: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008/fortune/0808/gallery.whosawitcoming.fortune/ August 08 2008 - US00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.