April 7th, 2010
03:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Greenspan: 'I was right 70 percent of the time'

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Alan Greenspan acknowledged Wednesday that mistakes were made during his long tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve, but he argued that the low interest rate policy he championed at the central bank didn't inflate the housing bubble.

In testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Greenspan said the recent financial meltdown was possibly "the most severe in history." He admitted that regulators failed to grasp the severity of the crisis, but he maintained that his policies and predictions were correct most of the time.

"When you've been in government for 21 years, as I have been, the issue of retrospect and what you should have done is a really futile activity," Greenspan said. "I was right 70% of the time. But I was wrong 30% of the time, and there were an awful lot of mistakes in 21 years," he added.

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  1. frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    But that 30% was a beaut – dot coms, housing melt down, Enron, Maddorf, jeezz we lost what $17 trillion – total – on your watch???

    Ah its only paper, right?

    April 7, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. guy from NM

    What a criminal moron

    April 7, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |