Saturday, March 14, 2009

Come on guys

We really need some progress on this TALF initiative. I'm not sure whether it's a silver bullet but to get these assets moving and price discovery in place has to be better than the standstill we're at now.

"After failing to sign up enough investors in time to launch the Term Asset-Backed Loan Facility early this coming week, the Federal Reserve and Wall Street are reworking the TALF program at the 11th hour.

The Fed delayed the program's launch by two days, until Thursday. Wall Street dealers, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Barclays PLC's Barclays Capital, have created vehicles to participate in the TALF that would allow investors in the program to circumvent many of the restrictions laid out by the Fed. The vehicles resemble collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs, and use some of the financial engineering that was partially responsible for the collapse of the credit markets.

Through the program, an investment fund can put down $5 to $14 for every $100 it plans to spend, borrowing the remaining $95 to $86 cheaply from the Fed. It agrees to buy highly rated securities issued by lenders that the Fed deems eligible collateral for the loans."

It speaks to the skittishness of this market that the Fed wants to get involved to the tune of one trillion dollars and is having trouble finding partners. Soon, though.

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