Wells Fargo In Trouble?

Wells Fargo May Need Capital – WSJ.com An initial U.S. stress test identified Wells Fargo & Co. as among the banks needing a buffer against future losses, said a person close to the company. But it was unclear Monday whether Wells would be forced to raise fresh capital or if regulators would accept its argument […]

‘Bad Bank’ Funding

‘Bad Bank’ Funding Plan Starts to Get Fleshed Out – WSJ.com WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, filling in some of the blanks in its bank bailout, is considering creating multiple investment funds to purchase the bad loans and other distressed assets that lie at the heart of the financial crisis, according to people familiar with […]

Bursting the bubble

Picked up The Origin of Financial Crises: Central Banks, Credit Bubbles, and the Efficient Market Fallacy, by George Cooper recently. Yeah, I know … sounds really exciting doesn’t it. But in reality, from what I’ve read so far, the book seems to do a great job of explaining how the global economy has been pushed […]

The return of economic nationalism

The return of economic nationalism | The Economist MANAGING a crisis as complex as this one has so far called for nuance and pragmatism rather than stridency and principle. Should governments prop up credit markets by offering guarantees or creating bad banks? Probably both. What package of fiscal stimulus would be most effective? It varies […]

Never thought I’d see it!

A-train railing against free-market realities. Okay, so it’s not truly a free market, but there are limits to what banks receiving funds under TARP can do; limits designed to protect the American taxpayer as a senior investor (the investments are in preferred securities after all), whilst not placing excessive limits on free-market flexibility for the […]

The aftermath …

Perhaps this plan will make Art a little happier … but I’d like to read the actual text of the bill before I make any judgments. Democrats offer alternative ‘no bailouts act’ – CNN.com WASHINGTON (CNN) — A small group of Democratic House members put together an alternative to the $700 billion financial bailout measure […]