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Ritholtz: TARP Was An Elaborate Hank Paulson Scam To Provide Cover For A Bailout Of Citigroup

Video - Barry Ritholtz on Paulson's TARP sleight of hand

In response to earlier Citigroup propaganda from Geithner...


In Bailout Nation, we discuss the possibility that The TARP was all a giant ruse, a Hank Paulson engineered scam to cover up the simple fact that CitiGroup (C) was teetering on the brink of implosion. A loan just to Citi alone would have been problematic, went this line of brilliant reasoning, so instead, we gave money to all the big banks.


“Shortly after the TARP was passed, Paulson added to its original intent—to use the funds to buy toxic debt from the banks—with a mishmash of programs and schemes, including:

- Injection of $250 billion into the nation’s banks.

- The U.S. government would guarantee new debt issued by banks for three years; this was designed to prompt banks to resume lending to one another and to customers.

- The FDIC offered unlimited guarantees on bank deposits in accounts that don’t bear interest—usually those of small businesses.

- The Treasury took preferred equity stakes in the nation’s largest banks (Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, and State Street).

Beyond those massive expenditures, Uncle Sam was to “temporarily guarantee $1.5 trillion in new senior debt issued by banks, as well as insure $500 billion in deposits in noninterest-bearing accounts, mainly used by businesses.”

All told, the costs of the “bailout package came to $2.25 trillion, triple the size of the original $700 billion rescue package.”

Now for the punch line: It was all an elaborate ruse, a coverup of the fact that Citigroup was busted.

As of October 2008, the other banks, while somewhat worse for wear, neither wanted nor needed the capital injection. None of them were in the same trouble as Citi. Even Bank of America’s problems via Merrill Lynch wouldn’t become acute until December 2008. Washington Mutual, the most troubled on the list, had already been put into FDIC receivership the month before.26 JPMorgan bought WaMu from the FDIC for under $2 billion, and Wachovia was swept up by Wells Fargo for about $15 billion. Thanks to a change in the tax law, Wells Fargo got to shelter $74 billion in profits from taxation. Instead of the FDIC absorbing a few billion in losses from Wachovia’s bad assets, the taxpayers lost 35 times that amount.




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The rush to repay TARP monies gives us another opportunity to consider why the hell this absurd financial giveaway ever happened in the first place. A close inspection suggests some dishonesty on the part of the prior Treasury Secretary.


Dec 7, 2010 at 1:52 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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Dec 7, 2010 at 1:57 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
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Barry's book...
Dec 7, 2010 at 1:59 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Germany Rejects Pleas to Increase European Aid Fund, Introduce Joint Bonds

Germany rejected calls to increase the European Union’s 750 billion-euro ($1 trillion) aid fund or introduce joint bond sales, signaling its refusal to bear extra costs to stamp out the debt crisis.

Dec 7, 2010 at 2:30 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The scramble for physical metal intensifies

Dec 7, 2010 at 2:32 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

Re: the scramble for physical intensifies, Harvey Organ shares these insights about the action...

"Gold has now gone into backwardation for the 1 month, 3 month, and 6 month forwards
and silver is even more pronounced."

"As silver and gold go deeper into backwardation, then the owners of spot refuse to risk giving up the gains by cashing at present and pocketing the gain in paper interest rates."

"I want to emphasize that the LBMA forwards is the real physical market whereas the comex is really a paper market."

"when we see more pronounced backwardation in all months at the LBMA you know the game is at an end."

"You can also deduce that as investors withdraw their physical, the remaining balloon of paper derivatives escalate until it pops."


Harvey's the balls. Paulson and Bernanke and Geithner etc. are just mealy-mouthed punks.
Dec 7, 2010 at 8:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
i'm new to harvey organ...he seems to know the metals markets well...
Dec 7, 2010 at 11:35 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

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