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Fed Sells $1.3 Billion Out Of $39.3 Billion In Maiden Lane II Assets In Auction

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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:44 | 1142401 baby_BLYTHE
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It sure is comforting to have a feller who claims to be an expert on the Great Depression behind America's balance sheet.

He's got the whole world in his hands.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:52 | 1142440 Milton Waddams
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Isn't it curious that the foremost expert on the Great Depression, Bernanke's claim to fame as well as his theories into appropriate monetary policy at the zero bound, was appointed Chairman of the Federal Reserve in Februray of 2006, just about a year or so before the worst recession since the Great Depression?  Timing is everything.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:56 | 1142464 baby_BLYTHE
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It is also important to remember that he voted in lock-step on every policy decision of the Greenspan FED which makes his actions totally unforgiving

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:39 | 1142642 Rick64
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Hank Paulson had good timing too being appointed Secretary of Treasury in July 2006. So he could help his buddies at GS and avoid all those taxes.  Its almost like it was orchestrated. Hmm

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:41 | 1142858 cat2
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Greenspan knew.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:45 | 1142402 DoChenRollingBearing
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I hope they also announce the prices they got for their "assets".

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 19:40 | 1143314 asteroids
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Why sell now Ben? Need the cash?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 21:05 | 1143609 tiger7905
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Maybe Ben should create a new mandate for the Fed - "credibility" so that he has a chance of selling off the assets.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:44 | 1142403 oogs66
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They will disclose the prices on this but not on Pomo's? Seems bizarre

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:05 | 1142406 thedrickster
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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:46 | 1142408 slaughterer
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Is this auction program planned to be ongoing till all ML2 assets are sold off?  Fed shrinking its book!  Gross on the other side?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:55 | 1142448 Traianus Augustus
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Don't you know...the only way any of this shit gets bought is if the Fed is on both sides of the sale! 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:49 | 1142420 tek77blu
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Bob Chapman interview on gold, silver, and the Fed basically going bankrupt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDkT8_4tnis

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:48 | 1142422 NOTW777
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LOL look at the explanation

nothing should be "confused" with actual value - whats that

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:52 | 1142442 Misean
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Given the broad based economic recovery we are in the Feral ought to post a tidy profit on this stuff, to show all the doomers out there that the mark to unicorn model is untrue, no?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:56 | 1142451 99er
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/ES and /ZB

Is the bond market pricing in a government shutdown?



Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:07 | 1142522 cosmictrainwreck
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any and all news is bullish... matters not the nature of it

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:56 | 1142452 Milton Waddams
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So this is essentially a POMO, right?  But one that extracts liquidity from the system opposed to adding it.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:57 | 1142469 Misean
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No, it's a nervous Bernutty testing the waters to see if the shit on the Feral's balance sheet can suck up liquidity and end inflation in 15 minutes.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 20:16 | 1143431 Greater Fool
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Eh? This is the Fed proving that the secondary market for the crappiest of the crap is still, deservedly in most cases, nonexistent. Everybody please resume running your cash CDO model through Intex and shipping the results off to your regulators. Thank you.

Comparisons to POMO are wrongheaded. This is $1.3b: Ben loses that between the seat cushions of the helicopter on POMO days.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:57 | 1142462 tahoebumsmith
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The list of auction winner(s) will be made available shortly... Here let me take a guess. Since JP Morgan bought Bear Stearns I would have to guess that they hit up the discount window and bought these back from the FED with free money from the FED === PONZI. Or maybe AIG borrowed some money from Goldman which they got from the discount window at the FED as well and purchased back some of the toxic crap from the FED== PONZI. You see now that the FEDS balance sheet has imploded they will just create another circle jerk to pass the hot potato around and hoodwink the masses into believing they are actually selling something.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:00 | 1142486 topcallingtroll
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Yep i knew there had to be a trick. Sell something to the banks and loan them 0.5 percent money to buy it.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:08 | 1142525 tahoebumsmith
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Yep and the new game at the Casino will be called flip that Maiden Lane II CUSIPs seeing how the flip that bond table has become such a great success.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:55 | 1142463 indio007
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Can you please explain this statement?


 the Fed has kept the OID it used when purchasing the full $39.3 billion back in October 31, 2008


I know what OID is I just don't understand how it applies to the FED. They didn't originally issue these securities.....

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:59 | 1142475 Tyler Durden
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Tongue in cheek.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:40 | 1143131 indio007
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Phew ... I thought you were serious... then again nothing the FED does shocks anymore especiallh when it comes to flipping the script.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:59 | 1142473 topcallingtroll
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So are they selling these at a profit? Or is this another not so hidden subsidy like the deals being done at fnma?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:36 | 1142628 Seasmoke
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is this the best of the worst shit ?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:19 | 1142794 Ned Zeppelin
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Let's be serious.  These securities were sold at a loss.  And I agree with the poster above that it would not surprise me if 0.25% money were used to buy these.  They've got a lot more where these came from, and I figure they're interested in getting rid of them while they can.  The MSFinancialMedia types were heralding this as a great thing, instead of the NYFed taking a bath on the deal.  But, don't worry, their loss is the gain of those who sold them to ML. 



Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:41 | 1142866 cat2
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Why doesn't the every day joe get to bid on fire sale mortgages and such.  It's just not right that banks get to constantly screw the taxpayer...  over... and over... and over...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 20:05 | 1143392 Yits and the Yimrum
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these are not milking "Maidens" we're talking about here>>>>

<<<<these are bilking maidens

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 22:03 | 1143788 ThirdCoastSurfer
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Quick math shows the average buy was about $32 million and the 10 rejected were for an average of just $17 million. About half.  For RMBS at $170k a house (about the national average) = just 100 mortgages per CUSIP.   

52 = 1.497

42 = 1.327


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 22:56 | 1143933 The Axe
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Don't worry    just like TARP..you will see the BEST assets for sale first!!  By NO means will see the RED ROOF INN...(which taxpayers own) for sale..ha ha..Maiden Lane I and II have more bad assets then any motherfucker could guess at!!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 23:23 | 1144001 JimBobOMG
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Are CUSIPs loses of investors turned into securities or something? I'm noob.

oh, and where do you find the bid info?

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 09:10 | 1144805 tomster0126
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 Bernutty...lol.  The bastards are struggling so badly and it's completely transparent.


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