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Greenspan admits mistake
 
  Hedgeweb - FRI, OCT 24 2008
News Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, said on Thursday the credit crisis had exceeded anything he had imagined and admitted he was wrong to think that banks would protect themselves from financial market chaos.

"I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interest of organisations, specifically banks and others, was such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders," he said.

In the second of two days of hearings on Capitol Hill, Henry Waxman blamed the Fed for failing to curb aggressive lending practices, the SEC for allowing credit rating agencies to operate under lax standards and the Treasury for opposing responsible oversight of financial derivatives.

 
 
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