Thursday, February 26, 2009

We Must Save GS; MS; JPM: U.S. May Backstop AIG CDS

Those banks are counterparties to a slug of the paper that AIG wrote. They did not do their due diligence on AIG. They were only in it for the money, to the tune of billions in profits.
Now the American taxpayer is going to go on the hook for another $300 Billion (notional).
This is getting old.
From Bloomberg via Calculated Risk:
AIG Rescue May Include Credit-Default Swap Backstop
American International Group Inc. may get a backstop from the U.S. to protect against further losses on credit-default swaps, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The federal guarantees may be included in New York-based AIG’s restructured bailout ...
There you have it.