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Matt Taibbi Exposes Wall Street’s Regulatory Capture Strongly Recommended

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 17th, 2011 6:30 AM |

Regular readers may be accustomed to my designating the relationship between our financial industry and the political crowd as the “Wall Street-Washington incest.” The technical term for this relationship is regulatory capture, as defined by our investing primer:

…the process by which regulatory agencies eventually come to be dominated by the very industries they were charged with regulating. Regulatory capture happens when a regulatory agency, formed to act in the public’s interest, eventually acts in ways that benefit the industry it is supposed to be regulating, rather than the public.

Bingo!! That’s the incestuous relationship we’re talking about.

Is the game really on the up and up? How does regulatory capture work? Who are the financial cops really protecting?

Thank you to the number of readers who pointed out to me an amazing expose of regulatory capture written by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone. Taibbi provides extensive detail in writing, Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? This article is a must read. (more…)






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