Its Time to Regulate Large Hedge Funds and Banks

Discussion in 'Economics' started by aeliodon, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. dinoman


    That works for me. :D
    #11     Aug 25, 2007
  2. Brandonf

    Brandonf ET Sponsor

    Usually, and when they are wrong they go to their buddies in Washington and ask for some favorable terms on money. And since most of the big shots in treasury the fed etc move back and forth between important jobs in Washington and Wall Street its a cozy little cartel and it all works out just fine for the Masters of the Universe. In the end WE (Mainstreet) do assume the risk when they (Wall Street) are wrong anyway. What the hell do you think happened two weeks ago when the EU and the Fed added hundreds of billions in liquidity to the system over two days, and when even that did not work the Fed went ahead and lowered rates at a time when that should clearly not be happening. The Fed is throwing money out of helicopters right now to bail people out.
    #12     Aug 25, 2007
  3. stkpkr001


    I agree.
    We need to reassign all the regulators to hedge funds so that the wealthy, smart investors in those funds are protected.
    Of course, that means we have to remove regulators from their current work,
    which is protecting average, working people from penny stock fraud, sleazy brokers, and other financial scams.
    What a great idea.
    #13     Aug 25, 2007
  4. Cutten


    The banking system has been regulated for almost a century, that hasn't stopped it going bust or suffering gigantic losses numerous times during that period. What good did the regulation do then?

    Also can you please explain how hedge fund trades have forced anyone to take on no-money-down mortgages way beyond their means, or made anyone decide to take up condo-flipping for a living? No one who was financially responsible will lose their home as a result of the subprime crisis.

    The only people who lose out when hedge funds blow up, are hedge fund investors. I don't think multimillionaires are the people most urgently in need of regulatory protection right now, do you?
    #14     Sep 12, 2007
  5. SteveD


    Banks didn't make these "sub-prime" type of loans....the borrower would not qualify for a conforming loan from a bank..

    It really is a lot better when one understands what one is discussing.....

    FNMA, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA are known as "agencies" and they buy loans from the originators.....they don't buy these types of loans....

    These sub prime loans were bought by non-regulated private investors....

    Even if 25% of these borrowers lose their home, you still have 75% that have a home that would not have had one under the old financial structure of regulated lending....

    #15     Sep 12, 2007