Jeff Devine

I only tell you what to do because I love you

Privatizing of Gains & the Socializing of Losses

Excellent article on why Obama’s economic plan “worked”, yet it was still a failure.

So many great nuggets like:

With the Fed holding short-term interest rates at virtually zero, firms like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs could borrow money from one arm of the government (the Fed) or from investors (by issuing short-term commercial paper) for next to nothing and, by purchasing US bonds, lend it to another arm of government (the Treasury) at an interest rate of 3 or 4 percent. By playing “the spread,” any moderately competent Wall Street trader could generate large returns for his desk and a big bonus for himself without actually doing what banks are supposed to do: furnishing money to firms and funding capital investments”