United States bank Bear Stearns in trouble

This Reuters video is called Bear Stearns scares Wall Street.

By Barry Grey:

Fed rescue of Bear Stearns raises specter of Depression-era crash

15 March 2008

The Federal Reserve Board on Friday took emergency action to prevent the collapse of Bear Stearns, the fifth largest US investment bank and one of the world’s largest finance and brokerage houses.

Invoking a little-used provision added to the Federal Reserve Act in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, the US central bank agreed to allow the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to insure an infusion of credit to Bear Stearns by JP Morgan Chase. Under the terms of the “secured loan facility,” to extend for up to 28 days, the risk of a default by Bear Stearns will be borne by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, not JP Morgan Chase. The latter will serve essentially as a conduit for the cash provided by the US central bank.

After the Bear Stearns bailout: Fears of more Wall Street failures: here.

Bear Stearns and the Bush administration: here.

Update 19 March 2008: here.

5 thoughts on “United States bank Bear Stearns in trouble

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