How’s that AIG unwind going?

By Felix Salmon
May 18, 2009

Are AIG traders dumping their CDS positions at ridiculous prices in order to ingratiate themselves with potential future bosses? It seems not — in fact, it seems that they’re barely making a dent in AIG’s $1.5 trillion CDS portfolio at all, any more. Maybe that’s what happens when you stop paying retention bonuses: your traders stop losing you billions of dollars. Yet another case where going to the beach and doing nothing is vastly more profitable than working very hard.

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