Saturday, April 04, 2009

We Reward The Risk Takers...

I guess the feeling is that we have to. I just finished an article on Forbes about D. Andrew Beal and Beal Bank. He stayed out of the fray during the go-go years from 2004 until 2008, originating no real estate loans. Now his bank is solvent, capitalized and ready to buy loans from other banks who need the $. And of course, there is no TARP money for him, no Fed assistance of any kind. The ratings people thought his model was unsustainable while greenlighting such winners as Lehman, and Bear.

It boils down to who has the most power.

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