Power Point: Krawcheck says "Less is better"July 14, 2009: 4:28 PM ET
"'More' is not the answer here. 'Better' is the answer here. 'Much less' is the answer here."
-- Sallie Krawcheck, former CFO of Citigroup (C), discussing the need for simplicity in financial disclosures in a video interview with CNNMoney anchor Poppy Harlow. Krawcheck gets personal here: Six weeks ago she refinanced her home and encountered "mind-boggling" paperwork, she says. The financial-services industry, she notes, "had high returns on complexity for years." Complexity bred profitability--and confusion for consumers and investors.
A champion for the individual investor since her early days as an analyst (who covered the financial-services industry), Krawcheck seems, in this video interview, tempted by the idea of a job in the Obama administration. If she went to Washington, she'd presumably take a key post in the area of regulation/investor protection. But she has three children in school in New York City, so a move would be a big deal.