Just one day after the government announced it was taking ownership stakes in 9 banks the Dow plunged lower capping a tough Wednesday for Wall Street.
It was only yesterday when the government introduced details of its historic plan to inject $250 billion into the battered financial services sector. The plan also provides federal guarantees on new bank debt for three years and FDIC insurance for non-interest bearing accounts, mirroring measures taken by other members of the Group of Seven nations.
Are Ben Bernanke and Hank Paulson running out of options?
Former Federal Reserve Governor Wayne Angell says the Fed has the power to make the stock market attractive and he has a few recommendations. Specifically, he thinks two things need to happen.
Step 1: Treasury Secretary Paulson needs to admit he made a mistake when he took Freddie and Fannie shareholders to zero. And Angell expects that step will be taken. It ruined the government sponsored enterprise which we’ve always used to subsidize housing.
Step 2: The Fed should take the funds rate so low that the highest earning capability comes from dividend paying stocks.
“I think the lack of confidence in the markets is due to honest mistakes that have been made,” Angell concludes. “But I don’t think this is the time for scapegoating,” rather we need solutions.
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