Someone on CNBC asked an interesting question of NY State Insurance Dept. Superintendent Eric Dinallo this morning: might AIG have avoided this crisis had Elliot Spitzer not forced out long-time AIG chief Hank Greenberg? Dinallo, who was nominated to his position by Spitzer during his scandal-truncated governorship, declined to speculate.
Two questions I haven't heard anyone speculate on yet (though I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of this): Is there any chance AIG will stay in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after this? If not, what companies will replace AIG and Merrill Lynch in the DJIA? It will be interesting to see if the editors of the Wall Street Journal use this opportunity to replace one or both of these companies with non-financial companies, to reflect the contraction of the financial sector as a percentage of the economy.