Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Most Penetrating Comment I've Seen on Jerome Kerviel and Societe Generale Yet

David Weidner of Marketwatch: "Kerviel, the bad apple who was smart enough to fool a banking empire but not enough to beat the markets...."

Brilliant. No sarcasm at all intended. Smart enough to utterly defeat whatever passes for internal risk controls at an ostensibly world-class institution, but not smart enough to beat the market. Who's next for a similar story? Goldman? Some other firm? Just a matter of time. It seems these guys are given ambitious goals to meet; they are, when you get down to it, told to win or else at what is rather like a very big ongoing coin-flipping contest. So what do you think is going to happen?


A rogue ruined the financial system? Which one? - MarketWatch

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