News: How Financial Madness Overtook Wall Street

Wallstreet Crash

Even Time magazine got emotional about it:

Every day brings another financial horror show, as if Stephen King were channeling Alan Greenspan to produce scary stories full of negative numbers. One weekend, the Federal Government swallows two gigantic mortgage companies and dumps more than $5 trillion — yes, with a t — of the firms' debt onto taxpayers, nearly doubling the amount Uncle Sam owes to his lenders. While we're trying to get our heads around what amounts to the biggest debt transfer since money was created, Lehman Brothers goes broke, and Merrill Lynch feels compelled to shack up with Bank of America to avoid a similar fate. Then, having sworn off bailouts by letting Lehman fail and wiping out its shareholders, the Treasury and the Fed reverse course for an $85 billion rescue of creditors and policyholders of American International Group (AIG), a $1 trillion insurance company. Other once impregnable institutions may disappear or be gobbled up.

If you're having a little trouble coping with what seems to be the complete unraveling of the world's financial system, you needn't feel bad about yourself. It's horribly confusing, not to say terrifying; even people like us, with a combined 65 years of writing about business, have never seen anything like what's going on. Some of the smartest, savviest people we know — like the folks running the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board — find themselves reacting to problems rather than getting ahead of them. It's terra incognita, a place no one expected to visit.

If you can't trust your money fund, what can you trust? To use a technical term to describe this turmoil: yechhh! (Full)

[Ed: I have another title for this article: "How Greed Overtook Reason, and Dragged the World Economy Down With It." How come the major financial scandals and horror stories come from the US in the past years?]

Picture courtesy Gluekit (Getty Images)


vagabondblogger 20 September, 2008 19:08  

I am waiting for my dividend from this socialist bank takeover. I know, I know - if we have a national healthcare system, that's called "Socialism", even though we've had free schooling forever (and that's not socialist). So I demand dividends on this buyout (or whatever you want to call it). As an American taxpayer, who on her first chance to vote, voted for the Social-Democrat, Shirley Chisholm in 1972 (a woman and a black) I will be anticipating my check. Hell, they get them in Alaska for the oil royalties, I should get my share of something too - right?

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