Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beyond Understanding

Ironic, isn't it, that proponents of federal overhaul of financial services industry regulation criticize structured finance transactions, derivatives trading and the interconnectedness of national and global financial systems on grounds of complexity. The implication is that mortgage backed securities and other collateralized debt obligation deals were so complicated that even the most sophisticated investors couldn't understand the risks they were incurring.

The bill before the conference committee, Restoring Financial Stability Act of 2010 (H.R. 4173), is over 1600 pages long.

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