Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Federal Reserve finances the Lehman liquidation

"But as the weekend unfolded, Barclays and Bank of America, which had both considered buying all or part of Lehman, decided that they could not reach a deal without financial support from the federal government or other banks.

As a result, people briefed on the matter said late Sunday that Lehman Brothers would file for bankruptcy protection, in the largest failure of an investment bank since the collapse of Drexel Burnham Lambert 18 years ago.

Lehman will seek to place its parent company, Lehman Brothers Holdings, into bankruptcy protection, as its subsidiaries remain solvent while the parent firm liquidates, these people said. A consortium of banks will provide a financial backstop to help provide an orderly winding down of the 158-year-old investment bank. And the Federal Reserve has agreed to accept lower-quality assets in return for loans from the government.”


TH Williams said...

And all this will get paid for by issuing more U.S. Treasury Notes to China, if they still want to buy U.S. debt.

Anonymous said...

Hate to say I told you so, but I did about 6 months ago. Have fun being long the equities market.

Palmoni said...

Good call-you were right!