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U.S. May Convert Banks’ Bailouts to Equity Share
nyt ^ | 4/19/09 | EDMUND L. ANDREWS

Posted on 04/19/2009 11:19:02 PM PDT by cdchik123

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s top economic advisers have determined that they can shore up the nation’s banking system without having to ask Congress for more money any time soon, according to administration officials.

In a significant shift, White House and Treasury Department officials now say they can stretch what is left of the $700 billion financial bailout fund further than they had expected a few months ago, simply by converting the government’s existing loans to the nation’s 19 biggest banks into common stock.

Converting those loans to common shares would turn the federal aid into available capital for a bank — and give the government a large ownership stake in return.

While the option appears to be a quick and easy way to avoid a confrontation with Congressional leaders wary of putting more money into the banks, some critics would consider it a back door to nationalization, since the government could become the largest shareholder in several banks.

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KEYWORDS: bailout; bank; nationalization

1 posted on 04/19/2009 11:19:02 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: cdchik123

and if you already own stock, its going to become very very diluted.


2 posted on 04/19/2009 11:23:13 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: cdchik123

the nationalization of the banking industry


3 posted on 04/19/2009 11:23:38 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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and give the government a large ownership stake in return

We are the government and we are here to help you. /s

4 posted on 04/19/2009 11:28:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: cdchik123

Ahhh, those persnickety ol’ checks and balances, so cumbersome, so outdated. Those old white guys just clogged up the works with all that nonsense. \s


5 posted on 04/19/2009 11:28:11 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: GeronL

More like worthless when Obama, et al, gets finished.


6 posted on 04/19/2009 11:28:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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