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We are seeing a familiar refrain in the financial world these days. Regulators, politicians and even the financial media are jumping back aboard the "derivatives are evil" bandwagon.
Derivatives are a popular scapegoat for the ills of modern society. When commodity prices surged last year, the finger of blame immediately pointed at rampant speculation in the derivatives markets (see It's Time To Ban CEOs & Senators From The Derivatives Markets and The Rage Against Derivatives Speculators Is Unfounded for more information).
But the true backlash came later when the financial crisis paralyzed the global economy. Not surprisingly, the outrage once again turned toward derivatives. But this time the response was different. It wasn't isolated to a handful of grandstanding politicians and CEOs arguing about inflated commodity prices. It poured in from all segments of the marketplace as institution after institution collapsed under the weight of their own greed.