Friday, January 16, 2009

Full faith and decade

(Did the Federales just forecast a lost decade? - AM)

By Scott Lanman and Craig Torres
Jan. 16 (Bloomberg)

The FDIC said today it plans to propose changing its bond-guarantee program for banks to cover debt as long as 10 years, from the current three-year maturity. The FDIC will soon propose rule changes to the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program, today’s statement said.

“The U.S. government will continue to use all of our resources to preserve the strength of our banking institutions and promote the process of repair and recovery and to manage risks,” the joint statement said.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke earlier this week said troubled assets remain a “continuing barrier to private investment” in financial institutions and recommended that they be extracted with government help. He urged a “comprehensive plan,” with one possibility being to erect a so-called bad bank to purchase and administer the troubled loans and securities.

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