Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Insurance Fraud

No they can't afford to pay even a modest portion of this.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), among the world’s biggest traders of credit derivatives, disclosed to shareholders that they have sold protection on more than $5 trillion of debt globally.

Just don’t ask them how much of that was issued by Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, known as the GIIPS.

To the extent that people buying this stuff knew what they were doing, they were just buying "fake insurance for the regulators." Late capitalism is grand.