Stocks are tumbling around the world and Mainstreet is feeling the crunch, but at the Institute of International Finance (IIF) luncheon it was hard to see the dark side past the luxurious chocolate mousse cake and keynote comedy.

Jacob Frenkel, the vice-chairman of American Internal Group (AIG) — yes, that insurer on the receiving end of an $85 billion government bailout a few weeks ago (and now an extra $37.8 billion loan ), gave a light-hearted address on the G7′s plan of action to combat the credit crisis.

Frenkel was quick to take issue with the lack of details in the G7 plan and urged the importance of concrete dates.