Troubled financial institutions (and some non-troubled but wise, like GS) received billions of dollars from the Fed. Instead of lending to the public (like they should) they speculated with stocks, bonds, oil, foreign currencies and commodities. They profited from this speculation, and their executives received hefty bonuses. Now that bonuses are over, there's no incentive for they to continue to speculate? This may at least plateau the markets? (or bring them down)?