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U.S. Forecasts Smaller Loss From Bailout Of Banks

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posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department expects to recover all but $42 billion of the $370 billion it has lent to ailing companies since the financial crisis began last year, with the portion lent to banks actually showing a slight profit, according to a new Treasury report.

The new assessment of the $700 billion bailout program, provided by two Treasury officials on Sunday ahead of a report to Congress on Monday, is vastly improved from the Obama administration’s estimates last summer of $341 billion in potential losses from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. That figure anticipated more financial troubles requiring intervention.

The officials said the government could ultimately lose $100 billion more from the bailout program in new loans to banks, aid to troubled homeowners and credit to small businesses.

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Of course, $42 billion and possibly $100 billion more later is no small change. But the figures are a lot better than a $370 billion price tag on the bailout, as was originally predicted.

It looks like the banks might even yield a slight profit.

I keep saying give the bailouts a chance to work before one pronounces them a failure. That will take at least another year, and probably more.

[edit on 7-12-2009 by Sestias]

posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 12:42 PM

the bailouts/TARP is just the slush fund portion of the scheme...

the real dollars are hidden in the FEDs secret balance sheet
the FEDs bought, swapped, lent over a Trillion$$ to all those financial
entities like banks etc, by monetizing billions of worthless financial paper
for their full face value.

the banks et al, took all that FED & TARP money to invest/speculate in stocks & commodities---after they fufilled their obligation to buy a certain % in USTreasuries

the bank's liquidity is as rock-solid as the over valued DOW stock market...
and only as long-lived as long as the FED does not 'call-in' the loans on valueless dirivatives issued by the Firms, or the MBS (mortgage Securities) sold to Freddie-&-Fannie... the banks & financial institutions are skating on thin-ice no matter the percentage of TARP paybacks the Banks are promising to send back to the Treasury.

posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 03:55 PM
reply to post by St Udio

So it's all smoke and mirrors by the fed?

posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 04:00 PM
How convenient that they suddenly "find" this money when they also "need" it for something else. Keep in mind that they are trying to start-up a jobs program and Obama has stipulated that everything proposed also has to show how it's going to be paid. Now we know how.

posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 04:07 PM
Will the money recovered be returned so that the taxpayers aren't hit for the entire amount?

If not then the program is a failure and a fraud IMO.

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