Nice interactive WSJ graphic looking at how the new FinReg bill impacts various finance sectors:

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14 Responses to “WSJ: Fin Reg Impact”

  1. kmoney01 says:

    Can someone help me find a good video to show a high school class on what caused the financial crisis, about 30min long? Thanks

  2. KidDynamite says:

    can someone explain to me how suing ratings agencies will work? after all, a given rating is supposed to indicate some given probability of default. Of course, if your BBB bond defaults (or even if your AAA bond defaults), that doesn’t mean that the bond was rated incorrectly!

    would the point be that ratings agencies get sued when they are grossly incompetent like they were during the crisis, and the number of defaulting bonds is many many standard deviations away from what would be possible if the probability assessments implied by the ratings were accurate?

  3. VennData says:

    I can’t wait to get that broker fiduciary responsibility law.

    Imagine that, your financial “Associate” puts you first. How novel. How could anyone vote against that?

  4. Tarkus says:

    “when they are grossly incompetent like they were during the crisis”

    I find the term “incompetent” when discussing the debacle at the ratings agencies to be like a backdoor excuse for “corrupt”. They are not incompetent – they were/are professionals. They were paid-off by companies who had a lot to gain by mis-rating the securities. Saying they are “incompetent” is like saying the bribe-taking cops in “Serpico” were incompetent. No. Corrupt and corrupted (by those with deep pockets).

  5. KidDynamite says:

    tarkus – the scariest thing is that I don’t think they actually realized how wrong they were. it’s actually even worse than being corrupt, probably. If you’re corrupt, you’re immoral, but you know that you’re doing something wrong. If you’re incompetent, you don’t even know that you’re acting foolishly. i THINK that the ratings agencies actually believed their horribly flawed models, and actually believed that they could turn lead into gold (or BBB MBS into AAA CDOs).

  6. Thatguy says:

    Come on KD!!! You know better than that. Remember the ratings agency staff IMs stating that they would rate an instrument that was structure by cows!?!?!? They know what they were doing and they did it anyway… corrupt, not incompetent.

  7. Mannwich says:

    @Tarkus & KD: I actually think it’s a combination of the two. When the money being made is that easy, it’s also quite easy to believe what you’re doing leads to gold (to “drink the kool aide” if you will).

  8. Mannwich says:

    And Wall Streeters (even ratings agency peeps) naturally think they’re entitled to all their pay because they’re oh so much “smarter” than everyone else, so of course they “believed” in their models. They were making the money hand over fist, and that end result was/is all that mattered (and still does) to them. It’s the ONLY justification for their belief.

  9. WFTA says:

    I must take this opportunity to issue a slightly off-subject mea culpa:

    On several occasions when commenting on posts here, I am now ashamed to admit, I have dissed the venerable Wall Street Journal. But today the WSJ brought fourth an article which I’m convinced could not have been accomplished by a team of Nobel laureates quarterbacked by Edward R. Murrow—nay, not even Her Holiness, the Lioness of Intellect, Ayn Rand could have accomplished this journalistic tour de force.

    Right there on A3 the entire episode of recently resigned USDA employee Shirley Sherrod was completely dealt with and laid to rest with no mention of the Fox Television Network nor any of its on-air personalities.

    I humbly stand corrected and chastened.

  10. KidDynamite says:

    @thatguy – right. i forgot about that gem of a quote.

    again, i think the ratings agencies were grossly incompetent. I think they legitimately didn’t realize how absurd it was that they couldn’t enter a negative number into their model for change in housing prices. I think there were certainly cases where the ratings agencies were incentivized to push a rating up one grade, but I would guess that there were very very very few cases where the person rating a CDO legitimately thought it was a CCC piece of paper but rated it AAA anyway because he was getting paid to do so by the broker dealers.

    anyway, my original question in my first comment still stands… on what grounds do you sue the ratings agencies? (basically, my point is that just because your bond defaults, even if it was AAA, doesn’t mean it was rated incorrectly)

  11. Patrick Neid says:

    kmoney01 Says:

    July 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 am
    Can someone help me find a good video to show a high school class on what caused the financial crisis, about 30min long? Thanks

    your class will love this guy–Paddy Hirsch

    This from 2 years ago just after Lehman went under. Personally I would make these mandatory in any economics class.

  12. kmoney01 says:

    Patrick Neid, thanks alot, GREAT videos.

  13. Patrick Neid says:

    your welcome….