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Paul Krugman On The U.S. Treasury’s Mysterious Plans

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Krugman Blog: What Treasury now seems to be proposing is converting some of the green equity to blue equity — converting preferred to common. It’s true that preferred stock has some debt-like qualities — there are required dividend payments, etc.. But does anyone think that the reason banks are crippled is that they are tied down by their obligations to preferred stockholders, as opposed to having too much plain vanilla debt?

I just don’t get it. And my sinking feeling that the administration plan is to rearrange the deck chairs and hope the iceberg melts just keeps getting stronger.

bspcommentI believe the pain will be deep, long and lasting.

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Written by mattliving

February 25, 2009 at 10:53 pm

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