bar fly's view of the financial collapse (in Off-topic)

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] October 14 2009 11:36 PM EDT

モIF you really want to know why the financial system nearly collapsed in the fall of 2008, I can tell you in one simple sentence.ヤ

Zenai [Ministry of Pain] October 14 2009 11:44 PM EDT

Insanely true and in it's delivery ironic to the umteenth degree!

kevlar October 15 2009 12:21 AM EDT

QBsutekh137 October 15 2009 12:21 AM EDT

A bit simplistic, methinks...

It's like saying index funds won't work once we all get onto it and all invest in them. We can't ALL index. Well, we can, because someone else will always bet on discrete stocks, thinking they can beat the odds.

The story (while exceedingly well written and entertaining) smacks of looking for a problem where the issues have already been decided: real estate, lax regulations, and a populous devoid of critical thinking skills. If the guy in the bar had made his one, penultimate statement a simple, "Easy. People are getting too fracking stupid," I might have bought it.

QBRanger October 15 2009 12:23 AM EDT

Well done.

kevlar October 15 2009 2:10 AM EDT

it's really not rocket science... it is so simplistic it's tragic
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