DeLong Explains The Geithner Plan

You might find this of interest. It is Brad DeLong’s explanation of Geithner’s plan to relieve the banks of their toxic assets. He seems to believe it is worthwhile, potentially very profitable and has so far been improperly explained.

Q: What is the Geithner Plan?

A: The Geithner Plan is a trillion-dollar operation by which the U.S. acts as the world’s largest hedge fund investor, committing its money to funds to buy up risky and distressed but probably fundamentally undervalued assets and, as patient capital, holding them either until maturity or until markets recover so that risk discounts are normal and it can sell them off–in either case at an immense profit.

Read the whole thing. You may disagree with him but give him an A+ for the simplifying the explanation of the program. Of course, we have yet to see the plan so maybe he’s missed the boat entirely.

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