Friday, March 19, 2010

"Easy Al" Says Regulators Failed. Really?

From Bloomberg:

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the central bank and other U.S. regulators “failed” during the financial crisis because they became too complacent about risks.

“Even with the breakdown of private risk-management, the financial system would have held together had the second bulwark against crisis -- our regulatory system -- functioned effectively,” Greenspan said in the text of a speech at a Brookings Institution conference today. “But, under crisis pressure, it too failed.”

Yah, well, there was a Fed Chairman who monetized a lot. A REAL lot of monetization goin' on out there, Al.

And a chunk of that monetization came from regulatory agencies.

Banks weren't the only ones giving big bonuses in the boom years before the worst financial crisis in generations. The government also was handing out millions of dollars to bank regulators, rewarding "superior" work even as an avalanche of risky mortgages helped create the meltdown...

During the 2003-06 boom, the three agencies that supervise most U.S. banks — the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — gave out at least $19 million in bonuses, records show. Nearly all that money was spent recognizing "superior" performance.

How very sweet.

HT: Examiner

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