September 12, 2012 |
BERLIN - Germany's supreme court ruled Wednesday that the nation can participate in a permanent European bailout fund, giving the go-ahead for a key element of European leaders' strategy for combating the continent's long-running debt crisis. The legal decision served to avert an international economic crisis that was likely to erupt if Germany was constitutionally blocked from participating in the $640-billion fund known as the European Stability Mechanism, or ESM. At the same time, the court placed conditions on Germany's role in the fund, setting as a cap the government's agreed-upon contribution of 190 billion euros, or about $243 billion.
January 23, 2010 |
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner spoke with more than 30 business and political leaders on the day American International Group Inc. was bailed out by the U.S. government, his phone logs show. At the time, Geithner ran the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which helped organize AIG's rescue, on Sept. 16, 2008, when the calls took place. The logs were submitted by the New York Fed in response to a subpoena last week from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Among the chief executives Geithner spoke with by phone were Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Warren Buffett, JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Jamie Dimon, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s Lloyd Blankfein and Citigroup Inc.'s Vikram Pandit.
March 22, 2013 |
ATHENS - Racing against time and short on choices, Cyprus lawmakers on Friday made an abrupt about-face, agreeing to emergency legislation as part of yet another bailout formula cobbled together to secure a $13-billion lifeline to keep its weak banks afloat and avert a devastating default. After 25 members of Cyprus' parliament abstained from voting, two voted against the plan and one walked out, 26 lawmakers approved the creation of a national solidarity fund to manage state assets, including public and private pension funds.
January 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- American International Group Inc., said Wednesday its board of directors decided not to sue the U.S. government over the bailout that rescued the company. News that the insurance giant was considering joining a shareholder suit led by former Chief Executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg provoked outrage and undermined AIG's high-profile advertising campaign thanking America for the bailout. The company's board met Wednesday to listen to presentations about the federal suit by Greenberg's Starr International Co., which alleges the U.S. government shortchanged AIG shareholders in a bailout that at one point had taxpayers on the hook for more than $182 billion.
July 15, 2011 |
Ron Bloom, the Obama administration's former auto czar who orchestrated the bailout of General Motors Corp. in 2008, responded on Thursday to claims from lawmakers that he lied to Congress. During a June 22 congressional hearing about the lasting implications of the bailout, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) asked Bloom if he ever said he "did this all for the unions," a statement that Burton said came from two independent accounts. Bloom, now assistant to the president for manufacturing policy, replied at the time that he was misquoted.
June 7, 2013 |
The U.S. Treasury's deal to sell 30 million shares of General Motors Co. will recoup taxpayers another $1 billion of the bailout money the government put into the automaker back in 2009. All told, taxpayers have recovered $32.5 billion of the $49.5 billion used to restructure the nation's biggest automaker. The government also still owns 189 million GM shares, worth about $6.5 billion at the $34.41 share price that the Treasury got for the batch of stock it sold this week.
May 20, 2010
The stirrings of better economic times have not reached state budgets and certainly haven't led to increased or even stable revenue for schools. And if the country is going to continue to invest in jobs as part of the economic stimulus, it only makes sense for some of those to be the jobs of teachers. We have strong reservations about the $23-billion Keep Our Educators Working Act, expected to reach the Senate floor by the beginning of next week, but those are outweighed by the alternative scenario in which millions of students around the country would lose their teachers.
December 19, 2012 |
The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday announced plans to liquidate its holdings in General Motors Co. over the next 15 months, starting with the sale of about 40% of its shares by the end of this month. GM will purchase 200 million of the 500 million shares held by the government at $27.50 a share, almost 8% above Tuesday's closing price but still barely more than half the price at which the government needs to sell if it is to break even. The Treasury Department said it intends to sell the remaining 300 million shares “through various means in an orderly fashion within the next 12-15 months, subject to market conditions.” Some of the sales could start as early as next month.
August 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Buoyed by rising home prices, Fannie Mae on Wednesday posted a $5.1-billion profit from April through June and said that for the second straight quarter it would not need any more bailout money. The improving real estate market was the main driver of one of the most profitable quarters ever by Fannie, the huge housing finance company that was seized by the government in 2008 along with sister firm Freddie Mac as they neared bankruptcy because of the collapse of the housing bubble.
December 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official said Thursday that he could not guarantee that efforts to shore up a key government housing agency won't save it from needing a taxpayer bailout next year. But Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan cautioned senators worried about the increasingly precarious finances of the Federal Housing Administration that making hasty changes to its operations could endanger the housing recovery. Sharp revisions to FHA's standards for insuring mortgages -- often for first-time, lower income home buyers -- could dampen the recovery and lead to more foreclosures that further reduce the size of the fund the agency uses to cover its losses. "We are seeing a recovery, but it is still fragile," Donovan told the Senate Banking Committee.