Government Bailout Hits $8.5 trillion

Kathleen Pender The San Francisco Chronicle November 26, 2008 The federal government committed an additional $800 billion to two new loan programs on Tuesday, bringing its cumulative commitment to financial rescue initiatives to a staggering $8.5 trillion, according to Bloomberg News. That sum represents almost 60 percent of the nation’s estimated gross domestic product. Given […]


Small Banks Getting Short End of Tarp Bat

SEEKING ALPHA William Patalon III Bank of American Corp. (BAC), which is getting $15 billion from the U.S. government as part of the Treasury Department’s $250 billion “recapitalization” effort, is doubling its stake in state-owned China Construction Bank Corp., and will hold a 20% stake worth $24 billion in China’s second-largest lender when that deal […]


The 17th Floor, Where Wealth Went to Vanish

The 17th floor, where wealth went to vanish By Diana B. Henriques and Alex Berenson Monday, December 15, 2008 The epicenter of what may be the largest Ponzi scheme in history was the 17th floor of the Lipstick Building, an oval red-granite building rising 34 floors above Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. A busy stock-trading […]