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Tuesday, March 03, 2009


where is the AIG money going?

not new news but it's finally in the new york times -- to post collateral on credit default swaps sold by AIG to investment banks like goldman sachs and commerical banks like UBS who were executing a massive regulatory arbitrage in order to hold virtually no capital. and yes, that is definitely a bailout for foreign counterparties. bottom line will ultimately end up being north of $500bn, i would suspect, once $400bn in CDS are combined with massive failures in securitization holdings.

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Why isn't "regulatory arbitrage" fraud? The tax authorities call evasion of the tax law fraud.

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