March 21, 2009

The real question is what does the market have to say in general about retroactive laws?

Forget about the AIG executives, the real question to be made is whether a country that has to hit the markets to the tune of a couple of trillions in public debt can afford to be tinkering with such dangerous-to-confidence issues like retroactive taxes.

The 160 million in cost of the bonuses could pale in comparison to the additional margins the markets could charge the US in risk premiums in order to compensate for such unsettling behaviour.