The layers carried a yield calibrated to reflect the risk entailed. Gutfreund, who was 86 when he died, took a long time to come to terms with that failure. Li's calculations were wrong, disastrously so. Not a bad moral to draw, and, as these pages attest, in this case definitely not a bad career move. Retrieved from " https: That was when Bill Clinton's campaign famously declared that "it's the economy, stupid. Despite his lack of knowledge, he was soon handling millions of dollars in investment accounts.
The firm was weakened by the scandal, which led to its acquisition by Travelers Group.
Our man in the last chance saloon
When the rest of Wall Street wised up to the market, the firm lost its advantage. Apologists for the market claim it is the geniuses from the Ivy League who make the money. Apologies for going off on a tangent but here is more on the copula function and exemplifies the arcane crookedness at the heart of the system: He had calculated that the simultaneous default risks for the three lowest quality layers were 0. Salomon had expertise in fixed income securities and trading based on daily swings in the bond market. The fact that real people had their lives destroyed is less important than finding a hero to applaud in this idiocy. It's another swindle cooked up by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to keep the brokerage clan in the clover.