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“White House Ties to Wall Street Doom Bank Rescue”

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 17th, 2009 6:37 AM |

None other than Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University provided a direct shot across Washington’s and Wall Street’s bow today. As I read Bloomberg’s Stiglitz Says White House Ties to Wall Street Doom Bank Rescue, the little voice in my head kept repeating, ” he’s right” or “I agree.” I am reluctant to copy and paste entire articles, but this one is so important that I feel compelled and will add commentary or links as warranted. 

The Obama administration’s plan to fix the U.S. banking system is destined to fail because the programs have been designed to help Wall Street rather than create a viable financial system, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said.

“All the ingredients they have so far are weak, and there are several missing ingredients,” Stiglitz said in an interview. The people who designed the plans are “either in the pocket of the banks or they’re incompetent.”

The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, isn’t large enough to recapitalize the banking system, and the administration hasn’t been direct in addressing that shortfall, he said. Stiglitz said there are conflicts of interest at the White House because some of Obama’s advisers have close ties to Wall Street.

Seems as if Stiglitz would agree with How Wall Street Bought Washington.

“We don’t have enough money, they don’t want to go back to Congress, and they don’t want to do it in an open way and they don’t want to get control” of the banks, a set of constraints that will guarantee failure, Stiglitz said.

The return to taxpayers from the TARP is as low as 25 cents on the dollar, he said. “The bank restructuring has been an absolute mess.” (more…)

Did Wall Street Flip Off Treasury Today?

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 25th, 2009 4:55 PM |

The U.S. government was heavily involved in the bond market today. How did they do? They bought high and sold low. What happened?

The Fed announced last week that they would engage in buying hundreds of billions of government and mortgage securities in an attempt to move interest rates lower and spark consumer and corporate borrowing. Today, the Fed made their initial purchase under this program at mid-morning. Thanks to MB, I learned that Wall Street offered the Fed three times more bonds than it actually purchased. I gather that the Fed wanted to be extremely patient and diligent in their purchases. In any event, at mid-morning the Fed would have bought bonds near the market highs of the day.

Later in the day, Treasury issued multiple billions in 5yr notes. How did they do with this sale? Not very well. Wall Street backed up their bids an almost unheard of 5 basis points (.05%) to fully underwrite these bonds. What happened? (more…)

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