Fed's Citi Loan Guarantees

Real Estate Broker/Owner

Exactly $300 billion of what did taxpayers guarantee when the Fed stepped in to provide support to Citigroup in November of 2008?

According to CNBC, that is the question that Rep. Alan Grayson is asking Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for TARP.

It is a fair question considering that we needed an act of Congress to pass the $700 billion TARP program in the first place and yet the Treasury Department on its own accord, independent of Congress, signed on to guarantee an additional $300 billion of loans.

But that wasn't the only guarantee the Treasury made, the Treasury also back-stopped $118 billion in loans for Bank of America too during the crisis.

So between TARP and the additional loan guarantees the Treaury has exposed the tax-payer to over $1 trillion in risk, and yet Washington refuses to enact a substantive housing stimulus plan that would provide a bottom-up solution to the banking crisis.


Comments (4)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Mark, you make very good points, but where is the solution? I could share personal experience but it no longer seems to matter.

Jun 26, 2009 05:23 PM
Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ

Vickie:  I wrote a book about the solution. :)

Jun 27, 2009 01:41 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor
The problem is three fold. Wallstreet,jobs and housing. They have only made a feeble attempt at one of these.
Jun 27, 2009 11:39 AM
Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

I blame Congress for having to pay off their political favors at the expense of US Taxpayers.

Jun 29, 2009 03:47 AM