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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:44 PM
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Guardian UK: This (financial) crisis has a life of its own
This crisis has a life of its own
Larry Elliott, economics editor guardian.co.uk,
Friday March 14 2008


Forget talk of soft landings. Ignore those who say that the Federal Reserve is in control of events. Take with a pinch of salt suggestions that the problems at Bear Stearns are a one-off.

The rescue package orchestrated for America's fifth-biggest investment bank makes it abundantly clear that this is now a different sort of market and a different sort of crisis. It is no longer hyperbole to state that the US is facing the most serious threat to its financial system since the Depression of the 1930s.

After days of denying market rumours that it was in trouble, Bear Stearns eventually came clean today and said that it had been forced to seek help from a combination of JP Morgan and the New York Federal Reserve as a result of a deterioration in its financial position in the past 24 hours.

Bear's problems have, however, been building up for a lot longer than that, and the talk of a sudden descent into crisis looks like an attempt to prevent US regulators taking an interest in whether the bank has been trading under false pretences this week.

Like Northern Rock in the UK, it was the bank that was most heavily exposed to the sub-prime meltdown in the American real estate market. Like Northern Rock, it was singled out as the limping wildebeest struggling to keep up with the herd. And like Northern Rock it has been the victim of a bank run, only this time the run has involved other banks selling its shares short rather than customers turning up to withdraw their savings. .....(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/mar/14/creditcr...



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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:50 PM
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1. We need to face it now: The economy is in full meltdown mode now
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 03:50 PM by Gman
There are not enough fingers to stick in the dike. There are not enough timbers to shore up the roof. Whatever metaphor you want to use. We are watching a complete meltdown and collapse of the global economy built on a Ponzi Scheme of credit.
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:30 PM
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2. Yup. "trading under false pretences" about covers it for far more than just
Bear, by the looks of it.
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