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Treasury Secretary Geithner's Plan

 
 
Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 10:27 am
What a big difference between Democrat Geithner and Republican Paulson.

Geithner presented a rational, well-thought out and comprehensive plan which gives me hope we finally know what to do. Now, if the Republicans help instead of trying to block the plan, we may be on the first step of financial recovery in America and across the world. ---BBB


Excerpts from Treasury Sec. Geithner's speech on bank plan
2/10/09
WASHINGTON (Reuters)

The following are excerpts from a speech Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will deliver on financial stability at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday. the excerpts were released by the Treasury Department:

"As President Obama said in his inaugural address, our economic strength is derived from 'the doers, the makers of things.'

"The innovators who create and expand enterprises.

"The workers who provide life to companies and, with their earnings, support families and invest in their future... This is what drives economic growth.

"The financial system is central to this process, transforming the earnings and savings of American workers into the loans that finance a first home, a new car or a college education, the credit necessary to build a company around a new idea.

"Without credit, economies cannot grow, and right now, critical parts of our financial system are damaged.

"Instead of catalyzing recovery, the financial system is working against recovery, and that's the dangerous dynamic we need to change.

"It is essential for every American to understand that the battle for economic recovery must be fought on two fronts. We have to both jump-start job creation and private investment, and we must get credit flowing again to businesses and families.

"Last fall, as the global crisis intensified, Congress acted quickly and courageously to provide emergency authority to help contain the damage.

"That vote gave the Administration the authority to act to pull the financial system back from the edge of catastrophic failure.

"The actions we took were absolutely essential, but they were inadequate.

"The force of government support was not comprehensive or quick enough to withstand the deepening pressure brought on by the financial crisis.

"The spectacle of huge amounts of taxpayer money being provided to the same institutions that help caused the crisis, with limited transparency and oversight, added to public distrust.

"Our challenge is much greater today because the American people have lost faith in the leaders of our financial institutions, and are skeptical that their government has " to this point " used taxpayers' money in ways that will benefit them.

"Making Banks Strong and Healthy:

"Second, we're going to require banking institutions to go through a carefully designed comprehensive stress test, to use the medical term.

"We want their balance sheets cleaner, and stronger. And we are going to help this process by providing a new program of capital support for those institutions which need it.

"The capital will come with conditions to help ensure that every dollar of assistance preserves or generates lending capital above the level that would have been possible in the absence of government support.

"Public-Private Investment Fund:

"Third ... together with the Fed, FDIC and private sector, we will establish a Public Private Investment Fund. This program will provide government capital and government financing to help leverage private capital to help get private markets working again for the legacy loans and assets that are now burdening the entire financial system.

"By providing the financing the private markets cannot now provide, this will help start a process of providing a market for the real estate-related assets that are at the center of this crisis. Our objective is to use private capital and private asset managers to help provide a market mechanism for valuing the assets.

"Opening up new lending:

"In our financial system, 40% of consumer lending has historically been available because people buy loans, put them together and sell them. Because this vital source of lending has frozen up, no plan will be successful unless it helps restart securitization markets for sound loans made to consumers and businesses " large and small.

"Look ahead:

"... I want to be candid: this comprehensive strategy will cost money, involve risk, and take time.

"We will have to adapt it as conditions change. We will have to try things we've never tried before. We will make mistakes. We will go through periods in which things get worse and progress is uneven or interrupted.

"But we will be guided by the principles of transparency and accountability...

"... Dedicated to the goals of restoring credit to families and businesses...

"... and committed to moving our nation towards an economic recovery that is as swift and widespread as humanly possible.

"This is a challenge more complex than any our financial system has ever faced, requiring new systems and persistent attention to solve. But the President, the Treasury and the entire Administration are committed to see it through because we know how directly the future of our economy depends on it." (Editing by James Dalgleish)





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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 10:31 am
Paulson/TARP1, best thing to come out of the Bush Whitehouse
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BigTexN
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 10:38 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
And the market reacts with a 300 point drop...GREAT JOB DIAPNER!
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 10:56 am
Full text of Geithner recovery plan:

http://media.mcclatchydc.com/smedia/2009/02/10/10/Hall-Geithner-remarks.source.prod_affiliate.91.pdf
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 11:47 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
The Senate just voted to approve the TARP 2 plan.

BBB
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 02:51 pm
Quote:
NEW YORK " Investors are frustrated with the government's latest bank bailout plan " and showing it by unloading stocks.

The major stock indexes fell as much as 5 percent Tuesday, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which tumbled 400 points. Financial stocks led the market lower, reflecting Wall Street's growing concerns about the government's ability to restore the health of the banking industry.

Traders and investors said the lack of specifics from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on how the government would direct more than $1 trillion in public and private support was troubling.

The plan is aimed at restoring proper functioning to credit markets, which seized up over worries about bad debt after the September bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. The latest plan calls for a government-private sector partnership to help remove banks' soured assets from their books.

The plan also would boost an effort to unclog the credit markets that govern loans to consumers and businesses. Funding for the effort would jump to $100 billion from $20 billion.

"The good news is they are going to spend a trillion dollars, the bad news is they don't know how," said James Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group.
BigTexN
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 03:05 pm
@dyslexia,
Quote:
The good news is they are going to spend a trillion dollars, the bad news is they don't know how


Hope...change...
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 06:33 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,


They will be consulting closely with Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Now, why did the market not find that reassuring?

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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 07:43 pm
I think the big problem is that no one on Wall Street can understand Geithner's plan. Listening to excerpts of Geithner's speech on NPR, I'm not sure I do either.

Right after he finished speaking, the stock market plunged to record lows.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 07:56 pm
@Merry Andrew,
I read his speech, I listened to his speech and I don't think he said anything.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 08:09 pm
@dyslexia,
Exactly. I read the transcript. There was no plan. It was a statement of desirable ends, with no means provided. Markets do not like uncertainty.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Tue 10 Feb, 2009 08:19 pm
Is it that because they couldn't figure out how to profit from it without the details?

Is that a bad thing?
roger
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 12:55 am
@Butrflynet,
Where's the bad thing? Profits in general, or the stock market in particular? Which would you eliminate, one, the other, or both?
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 01:41 am
@roger,
That's not what I was asking, Roger. I was asking if the stock traders were disappointed in Geithner's speech about his plan because it gave no clues (details) that they might profit from, i.e., puts and calls on stocks that might benefit from something they wanted to read between the lines about.

He sort of addressed that question about the details in his interview with Brian Williams and CNBC immediately after his speech. Did you see that? I'll try to find a link to it and post it.

I can't find any short clips with the statement in it. This is the full extended 20 minute interview. The portion I am referring to is at about 11:35.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 01:57 am
@Butrflynet,
It certainly did not give any clues. Is that a good thing?
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 02:01 am
@Butrflynet,
Forgot the link.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#29121976

Again, it is at about 11:35 of the 20 minute interview.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 02:10 am
@Butrflynet,
Here's CNBC trying to explain why the market is disappointed:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#29121253

I think the CNBC folks are partly right, the announcement of the plan was a bit premature and the expectations for it were oversold in President Obama's press conference.

But, I think I understand the why of the timing. It was to let both the people and Congress know that there was still more work to be done other than the stimulus package while at the same time as the stimulus package was making its way through Congress to let Wall Street and the banks know that they haven't been forgotten about.

I think they can't finalize their treasury plan details until they have an idea of what the final numbers and configuration of the stimulus bill will be. It appears to be a three-part plan that all hinges on the other parts of the whole to be successful.
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flyboy804
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 08:14 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

Exactly. I read the transcript. There was no plan. It was a statement of desirable ends, with no means provided. Markets do not like uncertainty.
That seems to be a nearly universal opinion. No wonder at his previous night's press conference, Obama wouldn't answer questions on the plan and said he'd leave the explanations for Geithner the next day.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 08:24 am
@Butrflynet,
Butrflynet wrote:

That's not what I was asking, Roger. I was asking if the stock traders were disappointed in Geithner's speech about his plan because it gave no clues (details) that they might profit from, i.e., puts and calls on stocks that might benefit from something they wanted to read between the lines about.

He sort of addressed that question about the details in his interview with Brian Williams and CNBC immediately after his speech. Did you see that? I'll try to find a link to it and post it.

I can't find any short clips with the statement in it. This is the full extended 20 minute interview. The portion I am referring to is at about 11:35.
An old adage for wall street "sell on rumors, buy on facts"
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Wed 11 Feb, 2009 09:27 am
@BigTexN,
One stock exchange reporter said the stock sell-off started before Geithner's speech.

BBB
 

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