Saturday, 13 June 2009

What we need now

Less regulation of financial institutions. More leverage. After all, look how well that worked the last time... No? No. So it is rather a surprise that there is even any discussion of Goldman Sachs moving back from being a commercial bank to being an investment bank. The Reuters story is here. The regulatory regime Goldman used to operate under before the change - in the days after the collapse of Lehman - was so flawed that the SEC ended it. Given that it is not possible to be a CSE any more, if Goldman wanted to shed its bank holding company status and the regulation that goes with it, what exactly would they do?

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