Not so fast, Johnathan Weil: Citigroup & the fair value illusion

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Johnathan Weil called on Citigroup today to “properly confess” the “rot on Citigroup’s $2.1 trillion balance sheet.”  Weil is sure the rot is there because if it weren’t Citigroup “wouldn’t have needed last week’s government rescue [including] a new $20 billion investment by the Treasury Department, plus a guarantee covering about $306 billion of the […]

Troubled Senate bailout plan: What’s a troubled asset?

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109 pages were not enough to drown dissent in the U.S. House, but maybe an entire ream will be. The latest Senate bank bailout bill fills 451 pages. Despite its length, it features stunning gaps in logic. What else should we expect from roughly 350 pages of legalese written between Sunday and Wednesday afternoon? Example: […]

Bank bailout commentary: Not so fast!

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Haste makes waste. Any time 535 people reach an agreement this quickly, you know most of them did not even read it before signing off. That, sports fans, is how we got into this mess to begin with. What remains to be seen is whether the measure will pass (probably) and whether the markets will […]