The Fed’s $7.77 Trillion Secret Bailout

Monday December 5th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:45am PST   •  

As it has come to light, from August 2007 to April of 2010 the Fed loaned out over $7.7 trillion to troubled banks. A Bloomberg report reveals that the U.S. government made these secret bailouts at no interest and then borrowed the money back at interest.

The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates...

Saved by the bailout, bankers lobbied against government regulations, a job made easier by the Fed, which never disclosed the details of the rescue to lawmakers even as Congress doled out more money and debated new rules aimed at preventing the next collapse.

The Bloomberg link includes an interesting info graphic showing the estimated income from Fed loans per bank and what were their net gains / losses.

HT: Jeff Hummel

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