Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Time for a transaction tax on derivative trades

A one percent transaction tax on derivatives trade would pay for the entire US budget. If congress wasn't being paid off by these same big banks there would be no federal budget deficit.

JPMorgan, Bank of America Corp., Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. executed 96 percent of the $293 trillion in over-the-counter derivatives trades made by the top 25 U.S. bank-holding companies and their customers as of Sept. 30, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

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