April 16, 2012 at 09:39 AM EDT
Sheila Bair quote, former FDIC chief
You’d think the former chief bank regulator would know the banks they regulate and supervise aren’t allowed to do this, and that it’s up to the FDIC to see they don’t: Sheila Bair: “For several years now, the Fed has been making money available to the financial sector at near-zero interest rates. Big banks and [...]

You’d think the former chief bank regulator would know the banks they regulate and supervise aren’t allowed to do this, and that it’s up to the FDIC to see they don’t:

Sheila Bair:

“For several years now, the Fed has been making money available to the financial sector at near-zero interest rates. Big banks and hedge funds, among others, have taken this cheap money and invested it in securities with high yields. This type of profit-making, called the “carry trade,” has been enormously profitable for them.”

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