Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wilbur Ross: Skin In The Game

A brief excerpt from this interview with Wilbur Ross.
How can we fix the securitization market?

No one had skin in the game. That's where things went wrong. My proposal then is that everyone has skin in the game. Ratings agencies' fees and compensation should be paid over time and depend on the enduring quality of the rating. Employees at banks and brokerages should have their compensation tied to the long-term success of their products. If a trader is paid a big bonus for a portfolio that turns out to be a disaster a year later, did he really earn the money he was paid?