Seeking reinforcements, AIG is also working with BlackRock in its drive to raise capital or otherwise bolster its balance sheet. The firm might also sell assets, Gasparino says.
AIG CEO Bob Willumstad has been planning to announce a major reorganization of the firm on September 25, but suddenly, developments have overtaken that schedule and a revamp seems imminent.
For Lehman Brothers , the race against time goes on; the firm seeks to sell itself before the end of the weekend as the bad debt on its books unsettles investors.
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Washington Mutual, America's biggest savings-and-loan, is also in desperate need of a buyer. Moody's Investors Service cuts WaMu's credit rating to "junk'' status. CNBC reports that JP Morgan is interested in buying a piece of WaMu, but that the two firms are not yet in advanced talks. (JPMorgan Chase will end up acquiring WaMu en toto.)