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AIG: Is the Risk Systemic?

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On March 9, 2009 @ 1:45 pm In Bailouts,Derivatives | Comments Disabled

ABC reports [1]:

An AIG report to the Treasury Department last month warned that if the government didn’t come to its rescue again, its collapse would trigger a “chain reaction of enormous proportions” that would “bankrupt the entire system” and make it impossible for AIG to repay the billions [2] it already owed the U.S. government. Four days later, AIG was given $30 billion in federal aid on top of the $130 billion [3] it had already received . . .

The draft, obtained by ABC News, was marked “strictly confidential.” It said, “The failure of AIG would cause turmoil in the U.S. economy and global markets and have multiple and potentially catastrophic unforeseen consequences.”

As I wrote in Bailout Nation, almost everytime we hear the phrase “Systemic Risk,” we get our pockets picked.  Systemic risk has become a buzzword — just the latest scare tactic. It is astonishing.

Full report below . . .


Aig Systemic 090309 [4]

Publish at Scribd [5] or explore [6] others: Business & Legal [7] baiklouts aig [8]


AIG Warned of ‘Crisis’ if Government Didn’t Help [9]
Draft, Obtained by ABC News, Dated Four Days Before Bailout
ABC, March 9, 2009


AIG Told U.S. Failure May Cripple Banks, Money Funds [10]
Hugh Son and Scott Lanman
Bloomberg, March 9 2009


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URLs in this post:

[1] ABC reports: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=7040420&page=1

[2] repay the billions: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Economy/story?id=6990305&page=1

[3] $130 billion: http://blogs.abcnews.com/moneybeat/2009/03/aig-the-mother.html

[4] Aig Systemic 090309: http://www.scribd.com/doc/13112282/Aig-Systemic-090309

[5] Publish at Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/upload

[6] explore: http://www.scribd.com/browse

[7] Business & Legal: http://www.scribd.com/browse/Business-Legal/?style=text-decoration%3A+underline%3B

[8] baiklouts aig: http://www.scribd.com/tag/baiklouts%20aig

[9] AIG Warned of ‘Crisis’ if Government Didn’t Help: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=7040420&page=1

[10] AIG Told U.S. Failure May Cripple Banks, Money Funds: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aijqMQA3JXzs

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