In Defense of Speculators, Part III: Credit-Default Swaps

Not so long ago, AIG was the world’s largest insurer. In the year 2000, its value peaked at over $265 billion, and just one year ago, the insurance giant was worth nearly $170 billion. But last month, facing bankruptcy, the once-proud AIG—now worth a mere $2.65 billion—became the largest welfare recipient in U.S. history, . . . → Read More: In Defense of Speculators, Part III: Credit-Default Swaps

Will the Student Loan Industry Be Bailed Out Next?

Will companies that issued derivatives based on bundled student loans be the next financial dominoes that will require a government “bailout”? The country’s long dedication to education makes it a virtual certainty.

The emphasis of the role of government in education predates the establishment of the . . . → Read More: Will the Student Loan Industry Be Bailed Out Next?

Thanks VIX, But I Don’t Need Your ‘Fear Index’ to Tell Me People Are Nervous About the Economy

Why, oh why, did the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression have to hit during a presidential election year?

The ‘Fear Index’, also known as the VIX (or, officially, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index) is a financial tool that measures market swings or volatility. The higher the VIX goes, the scarier . . . → Read More: Thanks VIX, But I Don’t Need Your ‘Fear Index’ to Tell Me People Are Nervous About the Economy