Tuesday, August 18, 2009


The FDIC Is Broke - Now What?

* With the most recent bank failures, the FDIC is out of funds.
* The FDIC is levying a one-time fee on member banks to cover the shortfall, but it will not be enough and it punishes the prudent.
* The FDIC has been suspiciously slow at shutting down banks that have admittedly already failed.
* Banks have been allowed to overestimate the actual worth of their assets using "mark-to-fantasy" accounting.
* Hundreds of banks are likely already mortally wounded and set to fail.
* The FDIC means well, but creates a moral hazard the effects of which now haunt us...

Martenson: The FDIC Is Broke - Now What?

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