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41,793.  Bear was party to complicated financial deals.  Geithner learned that Bear had made credit default swap deals worth trillions of dollars all over Wall Street and around the world.  Geithner saw what central bankers feared most: systemic risk.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,794.  A bail-out of Bear Stearns was not [Henry] Paulson’s style.  But [Ben] Bernanke and Geithner believed it was too big to fail.  And by that weekend options were dwindling.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,795.  One of the most basic moral tenets of the free market – Moral Hazard.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,796.  Paulson told President Bush what was needed now was to rebuild confidence in the economy ... It became known as the Summer of Assurances.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,797.  Then it hit: in the cross-hairs the world’s fourth largest investment bank – Lehman Brothers.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,798.  Paulson delivered the message: Lehman was in a death spiral and there would be no government bail-out.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,799.  Geithner realised that if AIG went down the consequences would be even worse than Lehman.  He argued for another bail-out.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,800.  Conservative Republicans in the House were in full revolt.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,801.  The Congress finally passed Paulson’s Bill ... Paulson was about to hand out billions of dollars.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

 

41,802.  The Stock Market was down more than 6,000 points.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Stock Market & Wall Street)  Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street III, PBS

 

41,803.  The mega-bank Citibank was failing.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,804.  Barack Obama had made the economy a key issue.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,805.  For months there had been public anger of Wall Street.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,806.  The anger was not just confined to the streets.  On Capitol Hill Congress responded to the public anger – they summoned the heads of the nation’s biggest banks.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,807.  The banks were so large and inter-connected the government felt it had to bail them out.  Because their failure could bring down the entire economy.  They are Too Big to Fail.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,808.  The loans were part of an unprecedented intervention in the financial system.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,809.  Now the president decided to revive a central theme of his campaign – reforming Wall Street.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,810.  None of the bank CEOs had been fired or prosecuted.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

 

41,811.  This season New York banks set aside twenty billion dollars in bonuses. Since the crash of 08 banks have paid out more than eighty billion in bonuses.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  Frontline: Money, Power and Wall Street IV, PBS

 

41,812.  Cathy O’Neil, a mathematician, came to Wall Street in 2007 after beginning her career in academia.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,813.  For most of the last century bankers made the same salaries as lawyers, doctors and engineers.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,814.  Many American banks found London preferable to New York.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,815.  The country suddenly owed hundreds of millions of dollars of fees and penalties to its debt holders including J P Morgan.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,816.  So bankers descended on European capitals offering derivatives solutions.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,817.  Italy and J P Morgan entered into a currency swap.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Italy & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,818.  Greece would also go on a massive spending spree.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Greece & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,819.  Between 2001 and 2008 Greece’s debt had doubled.  No-one it seemed wanted to ask any hard questions.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Greece & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,820.  With the markets no longer willing to provide Greece cheap credit the country had to cut spending.  People took to the streets in protest.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Greece & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,821.  The five biggest banks in America have become larger ... 56% of the American economy.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,822.  ‘A very cruel and destructive god.’  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.    

 

 

41,824.  On September 18th 2008 the Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke arrived for an emergency meeting of the Cabinet.  In the past seven months they have bailed out one bank and let another one fail, nationalised three of the nation’s largest companies and watched in horror as the credit markets froze.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  Frontline: Inside the Meltdown, PBS

 

41,825.  The road to riches for Bear [Stearns] was simple: buy hundreds of mortgages, then bundle them into securities and sell them to investors.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Mortgage & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,826.  Bear had borrowed heavily to invest in toxic assets and other high risk securities.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Mortgage & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,827.  They found billions in sub-prime default loans.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Mortgage & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,828.  Bear had made credit-default-swap deals worth hundreds of billions of dollars all over Wall Street and around the world.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,829.  A shotgun marriage between Bear and J P Morgan.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,830.  30% of Bear stock was held by its own employees.  At the end of the week that stock was selling for $30 a share; J P Morgan was offering $4.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,831.  This time it was the investment bank Lehman Brothers.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,832.  Moral Hazard trumped systemic risk.  (Money & Economy & Banksters & Finance & Business & Lending & Loans & Credit & Wall Street)  ibid.

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