The news keeps coming out faster than Wall Street can digest it. Wall Street doesn't like uncertainty. We are feeling the effects of that now.
Back in the late 80s and early 90s there was plenty of scandalous news. You might remember some of these stories.
- The crisis of the Savings and Loans (S&L) industry.
- Ivan Boesky was prosecuted for insider trading.
- Salomon Brothers was caught submitting false bids to the U.S.
- Drexel Burnham Lambert was driven into bankruptcy in the 1980s by its
involvement in illegal activities in the junk bond market, driven by
Drexel employee Michael Milken a.k.a. "Junk Bond King", who was sent to
prison on finance-related charges.
These stories dominated the crisis of that day. This current mess is a re-occurring nightmare from the past. The names might have changed, but the greed
From 1986 to 1995, the number of US Federally insured S&L in the United States declined from 3,234 to 1,645-a 50% decline
. Ironically, it was due to unsound real estate lending. Many other banks failed for other reasons.
Between 1980 and 1994 more than 1,600 banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) were closed or received FDIC financial assistance.
During the S&L crisis, the government created the Resolution Trust Corp. Now, they want to form the "Resolution Trust Bank". A structure that will buy illiquid assets, mainly mortgage related, to create liquidity within the system.
In October 1987, we saw the markets decimated; however, they ended the year up.
Even through all of this, our nation, economy and capital markets have survived. Even thrived
We have seen a breakdown of this magnitude before. We will get through this one.
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