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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Krugman on Economy and Stress Tests

by Calculated Risk on 4/11/2009 10:00:00 PM

Here is an interview with Paul Krugman earlier this week ...

"We have some real real problems. They are not going to go away through self-fulfilling optimism. One of the little things that has been reported is that the IMF now - International Monetary Fund - has upped its estimate of losses on bad loans to $4 trillion. Not so long ago $1 trillion was considered an exorbitant estimate."
Paul Krugman, April 7, 2009
On delaying the release of the stress test results (actually the original release date was the end of April):
I think we can say pretty clearly that if the stress tests were saying that every thing was fine, they probably wouldn't be eager to postpone the release of that. This is a problem. One of the versions that we're hearing is that they'll release some generic information, but not information on particular banks. Boy would that be a downer. What everyone is worried about is what we talk about Japan in the '90s - keeping the zombie banks still shambling forward. There is a lot of feeling that American zombie banks now on the march. This news was not good. It made that scenario look a little bit more likely.