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Monday, December 03, 2007

Montana, Connecticut: SIV Bagholders

by Calculated Risk on 12/03/2007 02:07:00 PM

Ahhh, I'm reminded of Tanta's post in early June: Reelin' In the Suckers

Once again, from David Evans at Bloomberg: Montana, Connecticut Hold SIVs Downgraded, Reviewed by Moody's (hat tip energyecon)

Montana and Connecticut state-run investment funds hold debt tainted by the subprime mortgage collapse that was cut or put under review by Moody's Investors Service, leaving local governments vulnerable to losses.

... Montana owns $50 million of the paper. Moody's put another $105 billion of SIVs on review for a possible downgrade, of which Montana holds $80 million and Connecticut holds $300 million, records show.

``This just reinforces the fact that we have a serious issue,'' said State Senator Dave Lewis, of Helena, Montana, a member of the Legislative Audit Committee.
The Montana pool, managed by the Montana Board of Investments, has 25 percent, or $550 million, invested in SIVs, all of which carried top investment ratings when purchased.
Connecticut's Short-Term Investment Fund, which invests cash for state agencies and municipalities, is holding $300 million in debt issued by SIVs that may be downgraded by Moody's. The state's $5.8 billion fund held notes issued by SIVs affiliated with Citigroup ...

Connecticut also holds $100 million in defaulted SIV notes issued by Cheyne Finance.
More bagholders found.