Posts filed under “Bailouts”

A Very Expensive Berkshire/Goldman Deal

If you missed last night’s discussion on the "vote of confidence" deal from Warren Buffett, you are missing the big picture. Go read:  Berkshire to GS: "I Got $5 Billion, but Its Gonna Cost Ya."

The headline writers of both the NYT and the WSJ missed the numbers involved:

NYT: Buffett Deal at Goldman Is Seen as a Sign of Confidence

WSJ:  Move by Famed Investor’s Is Seen as a Vote of Confidence in Crisis-Stricken Banking System

Doug Kass goes last night’s analysis one better, and notes that using a Black Scholes produces a valuation of $2.8 billion dollars for the warrants. That makes the effective yield over 20% on the preferred purchase.

As we noted last night, this is terrific for Buffett, who smelled blood in the water. Its a tough deal for Goldman, who were a) obviously in a bind for capital; and 2) smart enough to learn from Lehman Brothers mistakes.

Category: Bailouts, M&A

CEO Clawback Provisions in the Bailout?

With Congress recognizing the public’s dismay over this massive taxpayer giveaway, we are starting to see some serious questions about the folks who drove the financial ship of state aground. Hence, its time to take a closer look at pay and severance packages for CEOs at investment houses, banks and mortgage lenders, who perversely stand…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Corporate Management, Wages & Income

Communists of the World Unite!

This was a full page advert in today’s New York Times, paid for by Bill Perkins > UPDATE: September 24, 2008 9:44am The WSJ picked up the advert in this morning’s paper: The president has run into a wall of skepticism over his plan. Troubled voters are calling their congressmen. Academic economists are churning out…Read More

Category: Bailouts

Securitized Hybrid Investment Trust Bailout Plan

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House Oversight Committee Seeks AIG, LEH Info

Category: Bailouts, Short Selling, Taxes and Policy

14 Questions for Paulson & Bernanke

Is the United States in a recession? Is it likely to get much worse before it gets better?

Category: Bailouts, Credit, Derivatives, Politics, Taxes and Policy

Henry Paulson, Socialist

Category: Bailouts

Buy My Shitpile Dot Com

All of the bad loans made by various banks and mortgage underwriters are now being accepted by the Fed, or are potentially going to be bought by the Treasury Department. Why not us?  We can’t we all turn in our crappy paper, stock in Exodus Communications or Pets.Com, and even old lawn furniture to the…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Credit, Taxes and Policy

The Paulson Plan

Category: Bailouts