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Fun

GM is NOT too big to fail?

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(update) CNNMoney appears to agree with me. When did I sound like MSM (main stream media)?

Obviously, that’s how the US goverment thinks. When bailing out the AIG, they were saying AIG is a systematic important institution, and they just could not let it fail. And here is the bailout (handout details).

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Economy

Should we bailout the big 3 car makers?

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Obviously the big 3 auto makers came back to news with the Congressional hearing today. This big 3 Washington show started before the Thanksgiving with the “corporate jet gate”, in which the reporters and some congressmen questioned the 3 CEOs taking corporate jets to ask for money: it like one begs for money while wearing George Armani. But I think the media coverage and the US congress acted (reacted) too much on this show.

In my mind, this is not about politics, unions vs. the car company, mid-west (Detroit, or Michigan) vs. southern states. I am thinking saving big 3 (GM, Ford, Chrysler) is critical to the US economy and manufacturing. If the big 3 fails:

1) Midwest states, esp. Michigan will be hit big. Michigan is already in trouble with declining domestic car makers, the fall of one auto maker will devastated the state.

2) American will lose the icons such as Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang. Don’t think that as a minor thing, as psychology does play a role in economy, consumer sentiment and the financial market.

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Fun Stocks

Saving Citi Bank

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CNBC Maria Bartiromo interviewing Saudi prince Awaleed, the largest shareholder of Citi Group (NYSE: C), after the US gov (aka we the tax payers) bailed out the Citi and the prince. Here are the terms (PDF). Maybe president Bush gave him assurance that his holding won’t get much diluted before the rescue? The video lasts 18 minutes.

Where is the money for Detroit auto makers, by the way? Sorry no Saudi prince owns the big 3 stocks, and nobody can call the President directly.