Monday, November 16, 2009

TARP Watchdog: AIG Bailout Transferred Billions from Government to Counterparties

by Bill McBride on 11/16/2009 09:47:00 PM

In a report (pdf) titled "Factors Affecting Efforts to Limit Payments to AIG Counterparties", Neil Barofsky, special inspector for TARP, wrote that the "negotiating strategy to pursue concessions from [AIG] counterparties offered little opportunity for success, even in the light of the willingness of one of the counterparty to agree to concessions".

He also concluded that the "structure and effect of the FRBNY's assistance to AIG ... effectively transferred tens of billions of dollars of cash from the government to AIG's counterparties".

Here is a story from Bloomberg: Fed’s Strategy ‘Severely Limited’ AIG Bailout, Watchdog Says