The captain of risk analysis

Just out, a new article (pdf) by the brilliant Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

 So instead of relying on thousands of meandering pages of regulation, we should enforce a basic principle of “skin in the game” when it comes to financial oversight:

“The captain goes down with the ship; every captain and every ship.”

In other words, nobody should be in a position to have the upside without sharing the downside, particularly when others may be harmed. While this principle seems simple, we have moved away from it in the finance world, particularly when it comes to financial organizations that have been deemed “too big to fail.”…