Looking back at Secretary Geithner's legacy

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner approaches the podium to speak on President Obama's approach to deficit reduction on May 17, 2011 in New York City.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner cleaned out his office today. It's his last day on the job. Coincidentally, or not, Wall Street kept on climbing. Bloomberg's Nela Richardson says she has mixed feelings about Geithner's legacy on the job.

"He was the man we needed at the time we needed him, but he had a lopsided record," she says. "Banks are better capitalized, they're better off than they were before the crisis, but they got bigger under his tenure. We still have 10 million homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than what their homes were worth. So lopsided, at best. He got us through the crisis, though."

Meanwhile, the markets have remained on an upward scale, with the Dow and S&P reaching five-year highs. But CNBC's John Carney warns this isn't the time to drop everything into the markets.

"I would be very nervous. We've had a dramatic increase -- we're up 12 percent in the last two months or something," says CNBC's John Carney. "If I were an investor...I would say, you probably just missed the big rally. Don't go piling into stocks right now."

Listen to the audio above to hear all the analysis. And here are some weekend reading suggestions from our guests.

Richardson makes these picks:

  • The New Yorker's Jill Lepore asks how much military is enough. Defense cuts are a huge issue and large part of deficit reduction debates.
  • Bloomberg Government's Robert Litan writes about a backdoor way to cut down "too-big-to-fail" banks.
  • From Al Gore, "the man who invented the Internet," an article about how the Internet changes the way we think.

And Carney suggests these:

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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