Wednesday, June 27, 2007

More on Bear, Regulation, and transparency

Mark Gilbert writing for Bloomberg has a well done piece on the implications of the hedge fund problems at Bear Stearns. Opinion:
Two lookins:
"The most stunning aspect of the demise of two hedge funds belonging to Bear Stearns Cos. is the almost total absence of transparency surrounding the bailout.

The debacle may finally provoke regulators, who have long suspected that buying derivatives is akin to running through a fireworks factory with a lighted blowtorch in each hand."

And later:
"The unraveling of the Bear Stearns hedge funds has pulled back one corner of the curtain shielding the activities of hedge funds and their investments in derivatives, giving a glimpse of who is on the hook if the bets sour.

It seems that the skin in the game isn't from other hedge funds, Asian central banks, or widows and orphans. Instead, step forward the usual Wall Street suspects: Merrill Lynch & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Bank of America Corp. and their investment-banking peers."
Definitely read the whole thing. It is good.

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