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Capitalism is a wild and wacky game. And it's not for those with weak guts, which brings me to the case of IndyMac whose long awaited sale was announced by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Friday afternoon. The new "owners" of IndyMac are essentially a bunch of hedge funds that are well known for some of their contrarian bets in financial services. First and foremost among those private hedge funds is Paulson & Co., led by hedge fund guru John Paulson, who made a killing (a $15 billion killing) by shorting the ABX Index back in 2007 and early 2008. The ABX gauges the value of subprime bonds and we all know what happened there, don't we? For some reason the FDIC didn't mention Mr. Paulson's $15 billion winning bet against the B&C market in its press release. The FDIC's original investment banker on the sale of IndyMac was Lehman Brothers, which went bust a few months after getting the assignment. The advisor to the consortium? That would be Merrill Lynch & Co., which helped cause the subprime crisis by financing dozens of subprime lenders, buying their loans and packaging them into securities (CDOs) for sale to institutional investors in the U.S. and overseas. (Lehman did that too.) Like I said, capitalism is a wild and wacky game. But who knows any more, really? If John Paulson is putting his reputation (and a little bit of his money) on the line, maybe this actually signals a "bottom" in the mortgage and credit crisis. For the full story on the sale of IndyMac visit: http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/...



Comments (2)

real estate real estate
Providence, RI

Dana, I feel sad that the banking system becomes a giant betting game rather than a true banking system--help people finance deals. I guess we should redefine what a bank or fund is now.

Jan 03, 2009 06:52 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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