Alan's dilemma

Enrique Diaz-Alvarez enrique at
Thu Mar 23 08:27:56 PST 2000

Carl Remick wrote:

> >Fortune - April 3, 2000
> >
> >Alan's Little Secret: The Federal Reserve's Hidden Agenda
> >
> >[snip]
> >
> >Part of Greenspan's problem is that investors don't believe he'll
> >ever let this market fall in a heap.
> Hello, "moral hazard" -- haven't seen you on the scene to this extent since
> the U.S. thrift institution crisis of the 1980s. Which reminds me of my
> all-time favorite factoid from _Wall Street_: "If you're going to insure
> deposits, you'd better supervise bankers pretty closely; the price of the
> S&L bailout would have funded the presence of 10 full-time bank examiners in
> every thrift in the country for close to 200 years."

The Bubblemeister's constant protestations of impotence are particularly interesting: can't do anything about margin debt, can't do anything about derivatives, can't do anything to control who the banks lend to...Seems to be a standard reaction in very powerful institutions l;d by very incompetent people: pretend you are powerless, and that way you won't be expected to act.

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