January 09, 2013
Sir, Tom Braithwaite reports that “AIG considers suing US over bailout terms” January 9, something that sounds indeed a bit surrealistic.
Basel II’s 8 percent basic capital requirement for banks allowed a 12.5 times to 1 leverage of bank equity. But it could be reduced to a minimal 1.6 percent, pushing up the allowed leverage to 62.5 to 1, if the bank exposure could be construed as guaranteed by something possessing an AAA rating.
Therefore, had bank regulators not turned the AAA-rating of AIG into an amazing magical capital requirement for banks shrinking machine; something which created an insatiable demand for AIG's credit default swaps, absolutely nothing bad would have happened, as even the whole 2007-08 financial crisis would have been avoided.
Therefore, if the AIG board absolutely must sue someone, because it feels that is the only way it can discharge its responsibilities, according to current traditions, then instead of suing those who bailed them out, they should sue those who got them in problem, the bank regulators.... and perhaps even the US tax-payers would join them in order to turn it all into a class action.