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discussion4 - econ/financial - lehman bros next to bite the dust

Released on 2011-03-15 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 1154178
Date 2008-09-11 17:08:21
Lehman is down about 40% today as investors fear the imminent break up
of the iconic Wall st. i-bank. They bet heavily on US mortgage backed
securities, and lost even more heavily (due to massive leverage). There
are talks on of splitting into 2 entities, a "good" bank with salable
assets, and a "bad" bank that will sit there and hold the bag of
worthless subprime and alt-a backed MBS's and other shaky derivatives.

The questions now are: 1) will the implosion of lehman generate another
wave of counterparty risk to other banks who hold the other side of the
derivative contracts? 2) will the federal reserve step in and finance
the creation of the "bad" bank, much like they extended a nearly 30 bn
usd credit line to jp morgan to buy bear stearns? 3) and importantly,
what happens to the counterparties to the "BAD" bank when it finally

there are a lot of worthless securities floating around out there,
propping up very large and very undeserved market capitalizations. when
does the next round of credit losses hit? lehman reports earnings sept.
16, so i smell a "deal" going down this weekend before the reportedly
giant ($3.9 bn is what i've heard) write down occurs at lehman. watch
the breakup occur this weekend, with a panicky wave of investor flight
rippling through other financial houses.

other banks are in trouble too. citigroup has been described by
insiders as a 'dead bank walking.' washington mutual is also screwed.


Kevin R. Stech
Ph: 512.744.4086

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