Friday, January 15, 2010

Bankers Without a Clue?

Paul Krugman wrote a nice op ed piece in today's New York Times titled Bankers Without a Clue. Krugman observes disappointingly that the bankers just don't get it. In truth, comments like the financial crisis was just a perfect storm (Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein) and that no one could have predicted its coming (Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase & Co.) are pretty unbelievable. I hope that the executives of these large financial insitutions aren't and weren't really that clueless. That said, I agree with Krugman that I don't expect the banks to give much concrete advice on financial reform. The distrust the banks have of regulators (and desire to protect their own pocketbooks) has resulted in many of the banks repaying the TARP funds as soon as possible.

Bill Thomas who is Vice Chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has assured us that at least the questions will be asked. Question is, whether any meaningful financial overhaul will come from this?


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