Thursday, April 16, 2009


Is the Geithner PPIP already over? Clusterstock reports that Jamie Dimon announced that he does not foresee JP Morgan participating in the PPIP, either as a buyer or a seller. From Clusterstock:
Speaking on the company's just-concluded conference call, JP Morgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon downplayed the PPIP, saying the bank had nothing to sell into it, and that it certainly had no interest in partnering with the government as a buyer.

What's more, he said, he didn't consider the PPIP to be that big of a deal, suggesting that it's just one small piece of what Treasury is doing to prop up the system.

Remember, this is coming from the bank that has 10% of all mortgages. They're saying they have nothing to sell and that toxic asset prices aren't the problem.
I guess 6X leverage isn't enough to bid up the prices of toxic assets high enough for banks to still not take enormous losses. This was fairly predictable. Now what's the plan?

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