When the U.S. government bailed out AIG (NYSE:AIG) in 2008, the reaction from analysts at the time was very negative, with viewpoints ranging from skeptical to pessimistic to downright angry. But when looking at it in hindsight, the bailout proved to be an excellent investment by the government, resulting in a $23 billion profit. In this video, Motley Fool analysts Morgan Housel and Matt Koppenheffer discuss the idea of the potential moral hazard of a bailout, why the reaction was so negative to it initially, and what investors can expect from AIG now that it is once again completely independent.

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