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A successful bailout? Watch lending between banks

The US government's biggest economic bailout since the Great Depression is aimed at resuscitating financial markets debilitated by lousy bets on the housing market.


Panel criticizes US Govt on AIG bailout

WASHINGTON: A watchdog panel says it's still unclear whether U.S. taxpayers will ever fully recoup the US$182 billion they plowed into American International Group Inc., and the government should have used up all its options before bailing out the crippled insurance titan.


Bailout bickering gives credit markets no relief

NEW YORK (AP) - The credit markets grew more tense Tuesday, boosting demand late in the day for both short- and long-term government maturities as doubts heightened on Wall Street about Washington's ability to solidify plans for a $700 billion bailout of U.S. banks.


Firms’ credit default swap exposure lower than debt

The amount of debt outstanding at General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co, General Electric and others dwarfs the amount of credit default swap (CDS) risk on the companies, according to new data.


Getting junked for a reason

CALL it by any other name, negative perception, weak confidence, sabotage, speculation or arbitrage, but financial markets will continue to race ahead in pricing in a worse set of outcome when there is a dearth of policy measures to counter specific market-related headwinds.


Insight: U.S. readies defenses against Europe spillover

HONOLULU/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is ramping up attempts to safeguard its financial system from a worsening of Europe's debt crisis, joining nations in Asia, Latin America and elsewhere in trying to build firewalls.


Panel: Fed failed to exhaust AIG rescue options

WASHINGTON: The New York Federal Reserve (Fed) under Timothy Geithner failed to exhaust all options to arrange a private-sector rescue of American International Group before launching a taxpayer-funded bailout in 2008, a government watchdog group said yesterday.


M’sia to offer syariah hedging derivatives

KUALA LUMPUR: Standard Chartered Plc and Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd plan to offer syariah-compliant derivatives in Malaysia that will allow investors to hedge against interest rates and commodity prices.


White House seeks new reins on derivatives

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration on Tuesday sent Congress legislation seeking to impose broad new oversight on derivatives, the complex financial instruments blamed for hastening the global economic crisis.


AIG bailout good for banks but investors bleed

THE US$173bil government rescue of American International Group Inc (AIG) is stoking resentment among investors who see it as a backdoor taxpayer bailout of Goldman Sachs Group Inc and other banks.