Monday, September 29, 2008

It's the Liabilities 

not the assets, that are gobbling up the global financial system at the moment.

Letting Lehman collapse may have sent the "right" message to investors and lenders about moral hazard, but that message could have been sent with a government assisted merger (like JPM/Bear). The problem is that the message was received by all financial system lenders - the repo market, the prime brokerage system and large depositors. And they are moving their money from the weak to the strong. That was what got WAMU and Wachovia.

It may be that the government is going to have to up the FDIC insured amount to stabilize bank liabilities. Or we will see more of this.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Sep 29, 05:12:00 PM:

I'm not so sure the FDIC has to do anything. Depository institutions so far have proven financially stronger than non-depository institutions (investment banks).  

By Blogger Who Struck John, at Mon Sep 29, 07:44:00 PM:

randian, exactly what kind of institutions do you think Wachovia and WaMu were?

Assuming that this will be limited to Wall Street looks like an increasingly foolish bet.  

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