Monday, April 6, 2009

Policy punting

Macro Man has a nice link to a tinfoil hat research site, an embarrassing chart, and a whole set of policy prescriptions that I mostly agree with.

  • Change the regulation and/or incentive structure of the ratings agencies.
  • Migrate the CDS market to exchanges with position limits and heavy margining.
  • Grant loans and mortgages held on balance sheet more favourable tax treatment than those sold off to a secruity factory.
  • Re-institute some sort of Glass-Steagall split between commerical and investment banking.
  • Create tax incentives for investment banks to function as partnerships rather than as publicly listed companies.
  • Scrap the dollar if you want, but get ready to pay.

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