10/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Did The Bailouts Work? Barry Ritholtz On How They Could Have Gone Better

Did they work?

With the financial meltdown finally contained and the Year of the Bailout drawing to a close, we can start to make some meaningful assessments about whether hundreds of corporate rescue packages did more harm than good. It's probably fair to say that aggressive government intervention in the economy, starting with the Bear Stearns bailout in March 2008, prevented a deeper collapse and maybe even a depression.