CNBC: S&P Head on Downgrades.
Alternative title: Dylan Ratigan Goes Postal!
Dylan Ratigan lets a guy from ratings company Standard & Poor's have it in this first video, and justifiably so. The ratings agencies overrated (**way** overrated, judging by the crisis) debt instruments, and then, in a pure "There's gambling going on in here!" moment, pulled the rug out from companies that dealt and/or now hold them with downgrades based on the toxicity of these instruments. While many people are to blame here, the ratings agencies were supposed to stand above it all as impartial judges, an obligation they completely abrogated.
The quote of the year: "The ratings agencies were directly complicit in the creation of the securities that you now are, like a two year old with a bazooka, blowing people's heads off with."
CNBC: Making Sense of the Market.
Alternative title: Kenneth Heebner Goes Financial!
Perhaps even wilder than the first video, Kenneth Heebner reveals he's got an over 30% allocation to financials (mainly strong banks) in his CGM Focus Fund. And while it sounds nuts, Heebner has a knack for sector calls. I don't know if he's right or early (or WAY early), but gut wise, I like this call.