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At 2 minutes, 20 seconds into this C-Span video clip, Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania explains how the Federal Reserve told Congress members about a "tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the United States, to the tune of $550 billion dollars." According to Kanjorski, this electronic transfer occured over the period of an hour or two.
"The Treasury opened its window to help. They pumped a hundred and five billion dollars into the system and quickly realized that they could not stem the tide. We were having an electronic run on the banks!
They decided to close the operation, close down the money accounts, and announce a guarantee of $250,000 per account so there wouldn't be further panic. And that's what actually happened.
If they had not done that their estimation was that by 2pm that afternoon, 5 1/2 trillion dollars would have been drawn out of the money market system of the United States, it would have collapsed the entire economy of the United States, and within 24 hours the world economy would have collapsed."
First of all, somebody needs to get the jargon down correctly. It was money-market mutual funds that were experiencing the drawdowns, not the money market accounts mom & pop get from their local bank and are FDIC insured. Secondly, since these funds were allegedly being withdrawn electronically where the hell did it go? It wasn't being stuffed under the mattress. It had to be re-deposited somewhere. So, for every bank that was experiencing a liquidity crunch, another bank was experiencing a waterfall of liquidity.
Sept 15th 2008 was on a Monday, not a Thursday. This was the Monday morning after Lehman collapsed so this makes sense actually. I'll never forget that Sunday evening when everything was hitting the fan at once.
Half a trillion in only 2 hours? That's way too fast to be your neighbors and friends running away. It's also in the middle of the work day, how could it be so concentrated? This looks like a classic attempt at an engineered run on a bank, they've been done a few times before.
Next step is buying up assets on the cheap..
Looking at time zones, it looks like it's afternoon, it would be 4 pm in London, 5 in Germany. and it's early sleeping time in Asia.
The U.S. government has the option of working out an intercreditor agreement outside of bankruptcy that would give it rights to some collateral ahead of others. Such agreements, often made when money is lent to a company that already has liens on most of its assets, are usually negotiated when the loan is made.
U.S. Law Firm
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is advising the government on how to make sure it gets paid back first, including by way of intercreditor agreements, the people involved with the talks said. The law firm, hired last month, is working for the government with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, a Chicago-based firm with capital-markets experience, and Rothschild Inc., an investment bank, the people said.
WASHINGTON — It was a room full of people who rarely hold their tongues. But as the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, laid out the potentially devastating ramifications of the financial crisis before congressional leaders on Thursday night, there was a stunned silence at first.
As Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, put it Friday morning on the ABC program “Good Morning America,” the congressional leaders were told “that we’re literally maybe days away from a complete meltdown of our financial system, with all the implications here at home and globally.”
“When you listened to him describe it you gulped," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York.
When Mr. Schumer described the meeting as “somber,” Mr. Dodd cut in. “Somber doesn’t begin to justify the words,” he said. “We have never heard language like this.” “What you heard last evening,” he added, “is one of those rare moments, certainly rare in my experience here, is Democrats and Republicans deciding we need to work together quickly.”
Although Mr. Schumer, Mr. Dodd and other participants declined to repeat precisely what they were told by Mr. Bernanke and Mr. Paulson, they said the two men described the financial system as effectively bound in a knot that was being pulled tighter and tighter by the day.
Anyway, great thread. At last my lurking on ATS has paid off. Can anyone find any other info on this?
Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), Chairman of the Capitol Markets Subcmte.Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The House begins debate on its version of the economic stimulus proposal. Rep. Kanjorski (D-PA) goes over the legislation and gives the latest on the troubled assets relief program.
Washington, DC : 32 min.