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Forum Post: Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks $13 Billion Undisclosed to Congress

Posted 7 years ago on Dec. 6, 2011, 12:22 p.m. EST by SLW (0)
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Every dime of profit from these loans must be refunded to the ultimate principals, the U.S. taxpayers. From an agency theory perspective, government is supposed to protect principals from the unethical and greedy actions of agents. Sadly, a government bought and paid for by corporate interests will not do the job. The current situation is like bond ratings agencies being paid by bond issuers. The Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate funding of political interests as "freedom of speech" is destroying our system of government and along with it the global financial system. Occupy Wall St. should be Occupy Washington...corporate funding of political interests should not exist. For example, the Commodities Futures Modification Act of 2000, which allowed ownership of credit default swaps on uninsurable interests, had only four no votes in congress. Congress essentially allowed you to buy fire insurance on my house. Since you have no ownership of my house, the only way you make money is if it burns down. Bank runs, with their "first out stays whole" dynamic, are financial fires; once started almost impossible to put out. Thus, congress was paid off to allow financial institutions to sell massively negatively skewed derivatives (put options) on bank credits to investors with every incentive to start and perpetuate runs. If congress is beholden only to individual voters, this kind of legislation NEVER passes. It is time to put the blame and the fix where it belongs. Wall Street financiers are agents and government is supposed to protect the ultimate principals (U.S. taxpayers) from them. Until individual interests are represented in Washington, you can expect this repeatedly.



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[-] 1 points by MonetizingDiscontent (1257) 7 years ago

:::::::::::::::: Federal Reserve Parceled Out $7.77 T R I L L I O N In -Secret- Loans::::::::::::::::

(From the article) "The amount of money the central bank parceled out was surprising even to Gary H. Stern, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1985 to 2009, who says he “wasn’t aware of the magnitude.”

It dwarfed the Treasury Department’s better-known $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Add up guarantees and lending limits, and the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion as of March 2009 to rescuing the financial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year."