Our financial system failed to perform the key roles that it is supposed to perform for our society: managing risk and allocating capital. A good financial system performs these functions at low transaction costs. more »
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After two days of hearings, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission seems to be drifting away from the biggest questions that haunt our economic system like the oligopoly of banks that are far too big to fail, the mal-distribution of wealth, and the failure to prevent destructive financial innovations. more »
You can smell it on their breath – the tell-tale fumes of “financial innovation.”
Drink it and you start to believe that financial innovation actually exists. The commissioners and their witnesses are being ever so careful to insist that our economy will make room for it, not discourage it, not to over-regulate it , and to find market forces to enhance it. more »
Shelia Bair, the head of the FDIC, is the first witness get near to addressing the major underlying causes of the crisis: the distended, distorted nature of our finance-heavy economy. She discussed “economic distortions” and the “disproportional” size of financial profits in our economy. more »
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings began belatedly this morning. Carrying a structure of decision-making that appears to be designed to make it hard to get things done, Chairman Phil Angelides has a gargantuan task before him. more »
In its second panel, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, heard from Kyle Bass, of Hayman Financail Advisors, who read a statement that had some real dynamite it. I don't know this guy, but it's pretty clear no PR flack scripted him. more »