Commentaries

The capital games that banks play

September 3, 2009

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s call for the global banks to set aside bigger capital cushions to better absorb losses on souring securities and ailing loans is a good idea. But that alone won’t be enough to prevent another crisis.

You’ve come a long way baby

July 14, 2009

Though Goldman likes to downplay its own vulnerability during the financial meltdown last fall, its CDS levels provided by CMA DataVision paint a different picture. They also show just how far the company has come since the government pledged to support the big Wall Street banks through TARP and the FDIC bank debt guarantee program.