On Tap takes on the often-used fiction that investment banks have done nothing wrong because they were simply dealing with professional investors who knew what they were getting into. He uses the always reliable device of taking aim at something on the Wall Street Journal op-ed page (a column by Holman Jenkins, in this case)–not only do people actually believe these things, but they get column-inches in one of America’s best newspapers.
To Jenkins, OT responds:
“Generally speaking and contrary to popular belief, caveat emptor is not a well-established legal principal . . . Professionals in other fields have many avenues of recourse when they are sold a defective product—just because you’re an expert doesn’t mean you’ve disclaimed all warranties.”
OT also takes on the argument that banks are always betting against their clients, and the clients should know that.
By James Kwak