Sunday, February 22, 2009

ABC This Week on Nationalizing Banks

by Bill McBride on 2/22/2009 06:28:00 PM

Krugman and Roubini participated in a roundtable discussion on ABC This Week. Here is the video.

The panelists discuss nationalization of the banks, stress tests, the housing bailout, and the proposed Obama budget.

I haven't seen a transcript yet, but the general agreement is no one wants to nationalize the banks long term - just to preprivatize the zombie banks. Krugman:

"People have actually proposed calling it preprivatization."
Krugman suggests that maybe the stress tests will help Geithner reach a Claude Rains / Captain Renault moment:
'I'm shocked, shocked to discover that Citibank and BofA need massive public aid', and they put them into receivership.
In the discussion on the deficit, Roubini cautions that long term large deficits could lead to a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. However, in the short term, the deficit isn't a problem. Krugman also notes that there is currently a lot of capital available to borrow because the private sector is not borrowing for investment, but when the private sector is ready to invest again, the deficit must be scaled back.

I haven't been able to find a transcript yet.