An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama: How a Regulatory Makeover Can Fix the Financial Crisis

[Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a three-part examination of deregulation, and how it helped spawn the U.S. credit crisis. In this capstone installment, Gilani outlines a plan for rebuilding the nation’s regulatory safety net.]

Dear Mr. President-Elect:

The people of the United States have spoken. Their collective voice resonates loudly and overwhelmingly in praise of your vision and promises for America the beautiful.

Over the many voices, the chorus of a common refrain resounds: There is nothing we as a people cannot do if inspired by confidence in our president, honest and transparent democratic government, and equal opportunity in pursuit of our happiness.

About the Author

Shah Gilani boasts a financial pedigree unlike any other. He ran his first hedge fund in 1982 from his seat on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. When options on the Standard & Poor's 100 began trading on March 11, 1983, Shah worked in "the pit" as a market maker.

The work he did laid the foundation for what would later become the VIX - to this day one of the most widely used indicators worldwide. After leaving Chicago to run the futures and options division of the British banking giant Lloyd's TSB, Shah moved up to Roosevelt & Cross Inc., an old-line New York boutique firm. There he originated and ran a packaged fixed-income trading desk, and established that company's "listed" and OTC trading desks.

Shah founded a second hedge fund in 1999, which he ran until 2003.

Shah's vast network of contacts includes the biggest players on Wall Street and in international finance. These contacts give him the real story - when others only get what the investment banks want them to see.

Today, as editor of Hyperdrive Portfolio, Shah presents his legion of subscribers with massive profit opportunities that result from paradigm shifts in the way we work, play, and live.

Shah is a frequent guest on CNBC, Forbes, and MarketWatch, and you can catch him every week on Fox Business's Varney & Co.

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