Friday, August 24, 2007
Shocking move by FED to aid CITI and Bank of America.
In a shocking revelation after market hours the FED on August 20th wrote a letter allowing the bank(i.e. retail banking)divisions of Bank of America and Citigroup to extend to their brokerage divisions capital(i.e. loans) up to 25% of their capital. The previous limit was 10% for all banks with brokerage divisions. This rule has been in place for decades to prevent stock/bond market calamity from filtering back to affect the safety of the retail bank operations. Of course all accounts are FDIC up to 100k but this points to a very large situation the FED and the world's banks know that they are trying to fix behind the scenes. Their was no announcement on monday when this letter was effective. The news comes out after stock market hours on a Friday. The letter can be found here.Their server is jammed currently with people trying to read the letter. Also read the CNNFN story here:This is a developing story and I will have more later tonight.