The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

Few people know who this man is, and he’s probably better off that way

July 29, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Shared sacrifice – except for CEOs

By Matt Stoller
January 8, 2013

The hypocrisy over deficits and calls for shared sacrifice can be illustrated with one simple statistic. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, 25 of the most-well-paid chief executives got higher compensation than their companies paid in federal taxes.  There’s a class war on, as Warren Buffett has noted, and his class is winning it.

from James Saft:

Learning from Ken Feinberg

By J Saft
March 25, 2010

Sometimes it's what doesn't happen that is most illuminating.

When Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg first slashed executive compensation at U.S. firms that benefited most from a government bailout the cry was that this would hurt these weakened firms when they could least afford it, as the best and brightest would leave for better money elsewhere, where the free market still ruled.

from Rolfe Winkler:

Geithner’s faulty apologia

January 28, 2010

Tim Geithner's appearance in front of Congress today was another embarrassment, perhaps more for the people's representatives than the Treasury Secretary. Still, Geithner offered a clumsy defense for paying out 100¢ on the dollar to AIG's counterparties, which included more than Goldman Sachs.

from Commentaries:

Securitization survives the fall

September 11, 2009

A year after the government's seizure of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG , not to mention the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers that sent the global financial system into a tailspin, very little has changed to prevent debt from being sliced and diced, again and again.

from Commentaries:

Time to get tough with AIG

August 28, 2009

It's time for someone in the Obama administration to read the riot act to Robert Benmosche, American International Group's new $7 million chief executive.

from Commentaries:

Don’t be fooled by global stock stumble

August 17, 2009

Don't blame global stock markets for being skittish. It is August, after all, a month that has spelled trouble in the past two years.

from Commentaries:

Regulators are opaque, too

June 9, 2009

Matthew GoldsteinSo much for more transparency in the financial system.

It's hard for regulators to demand greater transparency from Wall Street banks when they can't even live up to their own standard of greater disclosure. A case in point is the Treasury Department's press release touting its decision to permit "10 of the largest U.S. financial institutions" to begin repaying $68 billion in federal bailout money. The only trouble is Treasury doesn't name any of the banks that can begin repaying money to the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

The CEO is the latest endangered species

March 6, 2009

ericauchard1– Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

Paulson’s folly: Throwing good money after bad at AIG

By Reuters Staff
November 10, 2008

morici– Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. The opinions expressed are his own. –