And why the heck wouldn't they repay the Federal government the billions they borrowed?
This way, management can go back to compensating themselves *unencumbered*!
AND, if and when they get into financial trouble again, it's been proven that
Is this a good development for equity shareholders?
Maybe. It may signify that these investment houses are a whole lot healthier.
Or perhaps not. If you're a shareholder of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan, do you really want them to have carte blanche to continue to pay out-sized bonuses? Do you really want them to *not have to substantially change* the way they run their businesses?
Do you really want the banks' revenue producers to resume sky-is-the-limit incentive plans?
This is precisely the moral hazard of bailouts - that insuring risky behavior only encourages more of it.
Now, if indeed the banks are in better, sustainable shape....it begs the question of whether or not that's *priced-into* their stock prices.
I'm hoping, and betting that whatever glimmer of good news there is, has already been discounted and then some in share prices.