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AIG IS too big to fail

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At least that’s what Fed chairman Bernenke and Treasury secretary Paulson think, and the congress and president agree with them. But how about the shareholders and we the tax payers? The AIG shareholders are almost wiped out (slightly better than Fannie and Freddie), and the price tag is $85 billion for now.

So summary, the price tag of recent big financial firms fallout.

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The great bailout of Fannie Freddie

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(Update, according to WSJ) The deal in summary: the US treasury dept. will put up to 200 billion ($100 billion each) to support the mortgages loss from Fannie and Freddie; the treasury will buy $1 billlon of preferred shares for 10% divivend, the preferred are senior to all other preferred previously issued (I believe all the other preferred holders won’t have much left); the treasury will have warrant to buy FNM and FRE up to 79.9% of company common stock for a nonimal (i.e. the current shareholders such as Legg Mason, Dodge Cox mutual funds will be diluted 1:5 after recent big stock price drop).

(Source: Yahoo Tech-ticker)

It appears the direct cause of the bailout is Chinese and Russian goverments are no longer willing to buy the debt of Fannie/Freddie. So what US goverment did is “all right, we will eat our own dog food”, and hopefully Chinese and Russians will follow.

Did China got a deal?
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A wipe out story from mitbbs

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Original link here. Some discussions at trader1688. I don’t know even if Warren can come back from this one. Just like in soccer, when you are 0:10 and have 10 minutes left, basically even Maradona (wiki: Diego Maradona) can not help. That’s why we don’t want to “all in” (in this case, use margin) when we speculate. As Buffett and Munger did in the past, always keep some cash at hand.

发信人: failed (Failed), 信区: Stock
标 题: 紧急求救:FNM损失已经12万了,我该怎么办?谢谢您了!!!!!
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Tue Aug 19 12:35:30 2008), 转信

I understand investment is a personal choice and I deserve whatever I have.

However, during this critical moment,
your any comments are sincerely appreciated.

Thank you so much!!!

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