03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Federal Reserve's Lessons From AIG: How To Fix The Central Bank

The Federal Reserve made one unambiguous mistake: It kept interest rates too low for too long after the 2001 recession, in the forlorn belief that Wall Street money hounds would exercise restraint instead of getting drunk on cheap money and heading to the casino. The Fed also could have spotted the housing bubble sooner than it did and acted more quickly to deflate it. And once the financial system was in full meltdown in 2008, the Fed arguably could have done a better job managing the collateral damage.