SEARCH BLOG: GOVERNMENT and BAILOUT
Previously I wrote...
It appears that the investors the government was seeking don't think the government can be trusted.
Monday, March 23, 2009
SEARCH BLOG: BAILOUT
From The New York Times:U.S. Rounding Up Investors to Buy Bad AssetsWhen I saw this headline, I couldn't help but think about an old western cattle drive. "Let's get them dogies to the slaughterhouse. Round 'em up; head 'em out."The plan relies on private investors to team up with the government to relieve banks of assets tied to loans and mortgage-linked securities of unknown value. There have been virtually no buyers of these assets because of their uncertain risk.Why would they think the government of Chris Dodd and Barney Frank would do that?
As part of the program, the government plans to offer subsidies, in the form of low-interest loans, to coax private funds to form partnerships with the government to buy troubled assets from banks.
But some executives at private equity firms and hedge funds, who were briefed on the plan Sunday afternoon, are anxious about the recent uproar over millions of dollars in bonus payments made to executives of the American International Group.
Some of them have told administration officials that they would participate only if the government guaranteed that it would not set compensation limits on the firms, according to people briefed on the conversations. The executives also expressed worries about whether disclosure and governance rules could be added retroactively to the program by Congress, these people said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is making it easier for hedge funds and other private investors to participate in its plan for buying up banks' bad assets, an acknowledgment that the interest level so far has been lackluster.Analysts said the move shows the program hasn't yet attracted enough large fund managers who may be wary of ending up on the wrong side of a congressional probe or public backlash.