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    AIG Executives Blow $440,000 After Getting Bailout

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    I'm a bit irritated at the fiscal irresponsibility of it all. Heck, a restructuring retreat would not be looked down upon, but $440,000 for just the top exec's? That's absurd.

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    I'm glad it was highlighted in the debate Tuesday night. People need to know about this.

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    Even little kids are taught about not spending all of their money and saving some for a rainy day. And these people who are supposedly adults can not do this. Such a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the8thark View Post
    Even little kids are taught about not spending all of their money and saving some for a rainy day. And these people who are supposedly adults can not do this. Such a shame.
    Well, technically, that doesn't apply here. These execs DO know how to handle their own money, that's why they're so rich. Another reason they're rich is because that half million wasn't theirs, it was ours. So they have no problem spending other people's money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    These execs DO know how to swindle in order to get money, that's why they're so rich.
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    Well at least the story wasn't spun to get maximum anger from the public, and at least that wasn't simply possible because the whole 'bail out' package is not understood by anyone, thanks to the media keeping everyone dumb so they can be made angry by non-events like this...

    ... oh wait!

    Firstly, does anyone know what the 'bail out' actually is, and how it works? Does anyone know why it won't make a difference at all to anyone, except a few banks? Hands up those who think that basically companies are getting huge blank checks (cheques) to spend on their executives and pay off shareholders... hmmm, most of you. Gee, what's going on?

    [/sarcasm]

    Here goes...

    The commercial lending sector is dead. Not just dead, actually positively mouldy... starting to smell a little kind-of-dead. This 'bail-out' has done only two things.

    Firstly, it allows the fed to guarantee loans, to banks. This sounds like a nice new radical plan to save the day, but in fact, this is the Fed's job. The Fed has ALWAYS done this, and always will. Freddie and Fannie became huge, because of this. All the Fed did was even the playing field... the BoE, ECB and others have done the same thing in other countries. The AIG bailout was a line of credit, to continue operations. It didn't cost the tax-payers a dime. because it's not real money collected, it wasn't going to be spent elsewhere and was 'taken away'. Most of this money, is borrowed 'overnight' to guarantee positions and secure client money (15c33).

    Secondly, the $700Bn 'bail-out' has been used to remove certain assets from certain bank's books. The reason is that in the US, banks must report a full balance sheet and can only borrow a certain percentage of their capital base, which is effectively the balance sheet. If you had Real Estate Mortgage backed Securities (RMBS) you thought were worth a billion dollars, you could borrow 8x that amount to conduct your business and investments, on behalf of 401(k)s, IRAs, corporate finance etc. If suddenly you find thise assets are only valued at $200 million, then suddenly your working capital is slashed, you cannot make payments, the market does a run on you, your capital base collapses and so does your shareprice, and then it's... ciao! Either that, or JP Morgan buys you for $3

    The problem with the assets is not that they're worthless; they're not. Not all mortgages have failed, and the sub-prime actually makes up (in fiscal terms) a teeny-weeny percentage of the market... probably less than 5%. The issue is that the assets cannot be valued, because there has been so much packaging and repackaging of these assets. So, the government is buying them at a price that allows them to be removed from balance sheets without causing losses, until they can be evaluated correctly.

    What the AIG execs did was stupid; they should all be fired. However, the frothing at the mouth anger aimed at this sector is largely baseless.

    Just to declare my colours a little, I work on Wall St. Take this as you wish... however, the information splashed all over CNN is dumbed down so far, you're just not even being given a chance to understand what's gone on.

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    For starters, the frothing at the mouth about this issue is understandable. Especially with these idiots running around (AIG). It won't effect anything, and is largely misdirected, but it's understandable.

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    What the AIG execs did was stupid; they should all be fired.

    Personally, I think they should not only be fired but should be charged.
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    So Zoolook, is what you are saying, is the real problem may not be that serious. The real economy is largely the same as it was months ago, after all, there are not half as many cows in the fields and mass unemployment has not hit (yet).

    It is all about the confidence of men and women in international markets, not a sober assessment of the real economy but some sort of herd mentality panic not based on any real understanding or evidence
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    Investors in the stock market are all of the herd mentality. They see a small dip, they all go nuts and pull their money out. When it bottoms out, they all go nuts again and pour money back in. The vast majority of investors are idiots, just look at the $4 billion loss Apple took in a matter of hours on a false rumor last year that the iPhone was going to be delayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    For starters, the frothing at the mouth about this issue is understandable. Especially with these idiots running around (AIG). It won't effect anything, and is largely misdirected, but it's understandable.

    Personally, I think they should not only be fired but should be charged.
    Charged with what? Charged with using their expense accounts in the same way they have for years, when no one gave it a second thought, as long as the shareholders got their cut?

    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    So Zoolook, is what you are saying, is the real problem may not be that serious. The real economy is largely the same as it was months ago, after all, there are not half as many cows in the fields and mass unemployment has not hit (yet).

    It is all about the confidence of men and women in international markets, not a sober assessment of the real economy but some sort of herd mentality panic not based on any real understanding or evidence
    There are very serious issues, but they're not the issues making the seven o'clock news. Also, there are issues that are being linked, that should not be.

    Does anyone really honestly think the blame for (excuse the bullets)

    - 10 trillion dollars of debt
    - 9 years of borrowing Chinese money
    - 30 years of declining industrial output
    - 10 years of constant outsourcing of working class white-collar jobs
    - Student debt averaging $20,000
    - A society that says ' have it now, pay later '

    can all be blamed on a handful of CEOs? This country is drowing in debt, and yet still thinking nothing of spending half a trillion dollars a year on its military (30x the next biggest spender). When was the last ime you bought anything that was made in the USA? I see old gits in hardware shops complaining that a hammer costs $7, and so buy the $4 one made in ZangZhou.

    It's short term thinking greedy thickos who have contributed to this, so they can save 50 cents on a t-shirt, and get a bigger hdd in their iPOd. And the reason why so many people are stupid? Because they fill their brains will commercially backed news, or read blogs and opinions rather than doing any reasearch for themselves.

    Basically, the crap we're in now, is the result of practices that have been hailed so far, voted for and even fought for, and yet no one can see it. Suddenly Wall St is greedy and out of touch. Suddenly we care about people who cannot afford their motgages (but 2 years ago, they were just losers). Gee, next we'll be caring about the car workers and steal workers that companies have been crapping all over for the last 35 years...

    The sooner people realise we've been mortgaging our future for the last 30 years, the sooner they might be able to influence a change, rather than cheering cheesey soundbites about corruption and change.
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    Nope, I think that utilizing their expense accounts while we're bailing out their failed company should amount to fraud. Once you've accepted public money you should accept different standards of practice, period. These practices would not be acceptable for federal employees and they shouldn't be from any company accepting federal bailout funds.
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