This piece of news is interesting not because it would impact on any investment strategy…but rather because we are in July 209 and the subprime crisis still haunts the US Treasury. The US government was simply forced to bail out one more bank – this time the smaller CIT bank was impacted.
CIT’s problems surfaced two years ago due to the CEO Jeffrey Peek’s decision taken earlier in the decade to expand into subprime mortgages and student loans, both potentially highly profitable but fraught with added risk. CIT has about $40 billion of long-term debt, according to independent research firm CreditSights. About $1.1 billion of debt will come due in August, followed by about $2.5 billion by the end of the year. Read more
We come back to the IMF handbook published on April 2009, called “Global Financial Stability Report”. This time, we make refference to its reccomendations.
But before this, a new estimation of the IMF on the global write downs of assets. In January 2009 IMF estiamted the bad assets writing off to around $2.7 billion in the US only. In this latest report, the estimations included also other mature market-originated assets, which could increase the total write offs to around $4 billion. In other words, $4 billion of the US economy has been wiped off by the financial crisis (or will be, total until the end of 2010). Scary, isn’t it? Read more
A short look over the news from the last 6 months shows that the US banks have received hits after hits. Almost all of them reported huge losses on the subprime crisis: Read more