Link: Seven Deadly Sins of Deregulation

Sep 19, 2008: 9:36 AM CST

Robert Kutner of The American Prospect published an article entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins of Deregulation and Three Necessary Reforms” that I wanted to highlight for some background information on a possible explanation of the economic situation we’re experiencing.

Kutner writes:

“The current carnage on Wall Street, with dire spillover effects on Main Street, is the result of a failed ideology — the idea that financial markets could regulate themselves.”

He outlines his “Seven Sins” and explains them further.

Sin One: Allowing Mortgage Lending to Become a Casino.

Sin Two: Allowing Unregulated Bond Rating Agencies to Decide What was Safe.

Sin Three: Failing to Police Sub-prime.

Sin Four: Failure to Stop Excess Leverage.

Sin Five: Failure to Police Conflicts of Interest.

Sin Six: Failing to Regulate Hedge Funds and Private Equity.

Sin Seven: Repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act.

The full article addresses these ‘sins’ in full detail.

Keep your wits about you and learn as much as you can from what’s happening.

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One Response to “Link: Seven Deadly Sins of Deregulation”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    It’s up to everyone who either agrees or disagrees with the FED’s action to consult their representatives up for election and vote accordingly to your position on the events of the Bear/JPM backstop,AIG bailout, short sell restrictions, the proposed RTC-like bailout.

    oo