May 19, 2011
Iím writing because my family and I were affected by the economic collapse of 2008, and we donít want it to happen again.
And now FOOD? The fact is EVERYONE KNOWS what is going on here...what has been done, and is now being done in a new food commodities derivatives market. It is obscene that the citizens are NOT BEING PROTECTED, in what should be a civilized nation, raising the quality of life for ALL, not the few.
Wall Street greed and outrageous pay practices were a major cause of the collapse. One way to change the incentives so they donít collapse our economy again would be for regulators to use a *safety index* for incentive compensation, instead of a profit index.
Currently, most bankers receive stock options. So if they can generate more profits, the stock price goes up, and their options become more valuable.
Instead, what if they used the bankís bond price, which measures the overall ability of the bank to repay its own debt? Another measure of bank stability is the spread on credit default swaps (the insurance-like policies that are essentially bets, where one gambler bets with another that a particular firm will fail). The closer a bank comes to failing (such as in failing to pay of its bond debt), the bigger the spread on credit default swaps.
Thank you for considering my comment,