The Capitalist Solution
As lawmakers struggle to determine what’s best for Wall Street, we couldn’t help but wonder what the market thinks?
Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to agree on anything, least of all a rescue package for the beleaguered banking industry.
Currently the proposal from the White House would:
- Authorize the government to buy distressed debt from private firms,
- Limit pay packages for executives of firms that seek assistance,
- Allow taxpayers to profit if the bailout plan works.
Liberals by and large support the President’s plan. However conservatives balk at the idea of government bailing out private enterprise and using tax dollars to do it. They’ve made alternate proposals in which:
- Wall Street and not tax payers fund the bailout,
- Private capital and not tax dollars are injected into the financial markets,
- Immediate transparency, oversight and market reform are implemented immediately.
Dylan Ratigan has a solution. He advocates “using this opportunity to take the public dollars that are going to be at risk to demand a public market for these currently opaque mortgage backed securities. Make the Fed or Treasury the first bidder and then post them on public markets around the world so that anyone who has an interest in buying them can post a price."
"We need a price discovery mechanism and a centralized marketplace where people can come and see this information," adds Jon Najarian on Fast Money. In other words trade them in much the same way stocks are traded. Or post them like people post concert tickets on StubHub.com and see what price they bring.
Karen Finerman doesn't buy it. She thinks the trouble is with the asset itself and not the degree of transparency it has.
Sounds like a disagreement. Kind of like Congress.
For more on the pros and cons of this solution please watch the video.
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