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Insiders Get Billions And The Common Man Continues To Suffer

May 16, 2008
The world's financial system is as weak now as it has been in many decades. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has a huge problem on his hands: a very wide-ranging credit freeze up surrounding financial institutions. This is a problem that mere cuts in interest rates cannot cure.

The exceptionally low interest rates of the early and mid-2000s and the continual bailing out by Alan Greenspan of any Wall Street player that got into trouble created enormous temptations to speculate with borrowed funds and throw caution to the wind, completely ignoring risk. Why worry about risk when it's not your money and even if you get into trouble you can get bailed out? This problem is called moral hazard.

The derivatives speculated by Wall Street players do not have near the value they led us to believe they had. Now we are left in a frantic pursuit to de-leverage in spite of the cost. Unsurprisingly the buyers have thinned out and institutional investors do not want to add to the already puffed up package in their portfolio; particularly now that the real value is evident. So now we are finding ourselves in a liquidity emergency to the extent of which we have not experienced since pre World War II.

Commercial as well as investment banks are sitting on overvalued assets such as mortgages and private equity loans they cannot sell due to being packaged with derivatives of very questionable value. This is a nice way of saying that Wall Street lied about the value and has overpriced them by billions of dollars. Basically this means that they do not have the cash to make new loans and this is killing our credit based economy. For banks and brokers to make their balance sheets stronger by de-leveraging the banks would need to reduce the number of loans on their books. Doing this would overwhelm the economy and turn a bad recession into a long lasting depression.

Hence the bailout by the Fed, in the form of longer-term financing at the discount window. What else can they do? Let the entire financial structure of the world completely freeze up? The Federal Reserve is lending cash to financial institutions while taking as collateral the subprime mortgages and related securities of highly questionable value that cannot be sold in the open market. The Federal Reserve is becoming the buyer of last resort. This is highly inflationary. The financial middlemen are supposed to take the cash borrowed from the Fed and lend it back out again, this time to higher-quality borrowers, but this is not happening. In theory, the way this would work would be a trickle-down effect.

So why don't we try a trickle-up effect? The bailout will cost at least $1,000,000,000,000. Not sure of that number? That would be one trillion dollars! Instead of giving one trillion dollars of newly created money to the Wall Street players to continue the financial problems we already are facing, why not give that money to the people of America? It will then trickle-up to the Wall Street by stimulating the economy. By giving around $3,200 to every individual in America we may be able to get the money flow back in the right direction. This would mean a family of five would receive $16,000.

Why can't we do this to help all of America in this way instead of a few Wall Street fat cats? This would help all of America individually as well as the economy. First time home buyers would actually have enough for a down payment, thereby helping the real estate crisis at the same time. Why is it Wall Street should be given a trillion dollars of new money to throw around like they have in the past?
About the Author
J Stromsteen has many years experience in the finance, real estate, and insurance industry. Besides her own website, Cheap Auto Insurance, she contributes to the website Bush's Depression as well as first time home buyer to provide up to date information on the unfolding real estate and financial crisis.
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