Tired of the government bailing out banks? Get ready for this: officials may soon ask banks to bail out the government.
Senior regulators say they are seriously considering a plan to have the nation’s healthy banks lend billions of dollars to rescue the insurance fund that protects bank depositors, The New York Times’s Stephen Labaton reports. That would enable the fund, which is rapidly running out of money because of a wave of bank failures, to continue to rescue the sickest banks.
The plan, strongly supported by bankers and their lobbyists, would be a major reversal of fortune.
A hallmark of the financial crisis has been the decision by successive administrations over the last year to lend hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to large and small banks.
“It’s a nice irony,” Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics, a consulting company, told The Times. “Like so much of this crisis, this is an issue that involves the least worst options.”
The FDIC could go to the Treasury for a loan, but it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen: Continue reading Government Agency To Get Bailout From Banks?