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New York Fed Discloses CDO Holdings Of Maiden Lane Portfolios

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In a surprising move, the FRBNY has just released the holdings of Maiden Lane I, II and III. Here is what the Fed is saying about this development:

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York today announced that it has
expanded the information that it makes available to the public related
to the Maiden Lane portfolios. The new information includes nearly all
of the holdings of Maiden Lane LLC (ML)—with the exception of
residential whole loans as that would violate individual borrowers’
privacy—and all of the holdings of Maiden Lane II LLC (MLII) and Maiden

The additional information includes the CUSIP number, descriptor,
and the current principal balance or notional amount outstanding for
all of the positions in each of three Maiden Lane portfolios. The Federal Reserve recognizes the importance of transparency to its
financial stability efforts and will continue to review disclosure
practices with the goal of making additional information publicly
available when possible. The release of this information today comes
after reaching agreement on issues of confidentiality with JPMorgan
Chase with respect to the assets of ML and the American International
Group, Inc. (AIG) with respect to ML II and ML III.

As a reminder:

ML was formed to facilitate the merger of The Bear Stearns
Companies, Inc. and JPMorgan Chase. The New York Fed extended credit to
ML to acquire certain assets of Bear Stearns.ML II and ML III were formed to facilitate the restructuring of the
government’s financial support to AIG. The New York Fed extended credit
to ML II to purchase residential mortgage-backed securities from the
securities lending portfolio of several regulated U.S. insurance
subsidiaries of AIG. The New York Fed extended credit to ML III to
purchase multi-sector collateralized debt obligations from certain
counterparties of AIG Financial Products Corp.

Some preliminary observations:

  • ML 1, in addition to holding a boatload of CDOs, has quite a few Residential whole loans, a variety of single names CDS, of which the bulk is CMBX, AMBAC, MBIA, PMI, CDS on Commercial Real Estate, CDS on Munis, CDS on non-agency RMBS, CDS on Non-residential ABS, some treasuries, and just under $3 billion in Interest Rate Swaps.
  • ML 2, as noted, contains $35 billion of Non-Agency MBS. It also contains $280 million in cash, held with a Goldman Sachs account. (GOLDMAN SACHS FIN SQ GOVT FS)
  • ML 3 consists of a variety of CDOs whose notional value is given as $56 billion. Once again, the Fed parks its cash of $383 million in this account with Goldman Sachs.

We will dig through these in detail shortly.

Full listing of assets:

ML 1

ML 2

ML 3


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Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:15 | 282265 john_connor
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This is just a political stunt so they don't have to comply with a full audit.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:33 | 282300 monmick
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"The Federal Reserve recognizes the importance of transparency to its financial stability efforts and will continue to review disclosure practices with the goal of making additional information publicly available when possible."

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:19 | 282389 carbonmutant
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I wonder how much Ron Paul had to do with that recognition...

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:27 | 282396 TheGoodDoctor
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I agree it is to appease Ron Paul. So, are these just holding companies then? LLC. No shit.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:24 | 282277 wgpitts
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I knew the Fed was directly buying individual stocks to prop the market up. This was undisclosed to investors and is a violation of Securities law. This is a felony. All those like myself who purchased Puts or short positions when this information and the information that the Bank of England was also secretly funneling... money to prop up the banks was defrauded. Also, all those within the banks that were privy to this info are guilty of insider trading. Ben Bernanke, Paulson and Geithner and the rest of the tribe should all be in jail by morning….

Bank of England tells of secret £62bn loan to save RBS and HBOS

Bank of England advisers not told about secret £62bn loan to HBOS

Bank gave RBS and HBOS 'secret' £62bn loan

Fed Refuses to Disclose Recipients of $2 Trillion

Fed Fights Request To Disclose Who Got $2 Trillion In Bailouts


Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:59 | 282353 zenon
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Good luck with that! (BTW I'll join in if you get something going)

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:53 | 282438 percolator
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I second what zenon said.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 20:44 | 282521 deadparrot
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There are lots of lawyers looking for work right now. Find one willing to start a class action lawsuit.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 22:31 | 282541 velobabe
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class action lawsuits are curious beasts.

hey, O/T i am worried about deadhead. haven't seen him since that open sunday forum about where the hell everybody is in this here, today's economy. he exposed himself and haven't seen him since. he cares a lot about the old timer's on this blog.


also where is, I need more cowbell.

these are significant and important avatars, star atars, hotars, bitars.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:20 | 282280 Ludic Fallacy
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Agreed.  Throw the wolves some meat so they don't go after the herd.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:55 | 282440 Rainman
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Interesting timing. On the last day of the quarter and the last day of Fed MBS purchases ( for now ). No conclusion, just suspicion about why they are tipping over these trash cans today.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 20:17 | 282507 Harbourcity
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On your point, begs the question as to how long can they can use this event to delay providing either new information or an update.


Wed, 03/31/2010 - 21:07 | 282536 bc0203
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Keep your eye on the other hand. The magician is up to something...

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 21:59 | 282581 Fritz
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The other hand is picking the taxpayers pocket in some insidious fashion. 

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:22 | 282283 wgpitts
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Traitors who stole $24 Trillion from the American citizens and sponsored spies who infiltrated the Pentagon and sold Secrets to all of the US nuclear weapons to China
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:31 | 282293 InstantWinner
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Explains the recent articles questioning why Goldman has so much cash under management.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:31 | 282295 SayTabserb
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Wow, the Fed is even owed money by Hilton Hawaiian Village.  What would Cricket Blake have to say about that?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:33 | 282302 knukles
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Book 'em, Dan-O.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:31 | 282296 monmick
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I wonder how they price the swaps, in paticular the CDSs and the interest rate swaps?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:35 | 282308 SayTabserb
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A dart board in the Yale Club.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:34 | 282408 MarketTruth
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Same way they did in South Park. Watch the episode Margaritaville.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:43 | 282421 Argos
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Best episode ever. Well worth the watch

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 21:13 | 282540 perchprism
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Naw, Scott Tenoman Must Die was the best episode.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 20:14 | 282505 Cursive
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The Maiden Lane vehicles were unconstitutional in the first place, but my first reaction to reading this was,  "Why would a central bank that sets interest rate policy ever enter into or purchase interest rate swaps?"  Seems kinda like Superman runnin' a book on black market kryptonite.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 22:42 | 282634 glenlloyd
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I believe they justfified this under the heading of unusual and exigent circumstances, but I could be wrong.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:34 | 282304 SayTabserb
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Under what legal authority is the Fed allowed to acquire non-agency MBS? The 1913 Act might be stretched to cover GSE-backed mortgages on the theory they have (especially since Dec. 24, 2009) the full faith and credit of the Treasury behind them.  But how can they own ordinary mortgages Constitutionally?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:36 | 282310 monmick
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"As part of extending support to specific institutions, under section 13 (3) of the Federal Reserve Act, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 2008 authorized the New York Fed to facilitate lending to three limited liability companies—ML, ML II and ML III."

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:46 | 282325 faustian bargain
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A frustrating wall of fictional words.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:26 | 282395 SayTabserb
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From the Fed's webpage:What securities are eligible for purchase under the program?

Only fixed-rate agency MBS securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae are eligible assets for the program. The program includes, but is not limited to, 30-year, 20-year and 15-year securities of these issuers. The program does not include CMOs, REMICs, Trust IOs/Trust POs and other mortgage derivatives or cash equivalents. Eligible assets may be purchased or sold in specified pools, in "to be announced" (TBA) transactions, and in the dollar roll market."

Maybe the Board of Governors decided unilaterally to go outside the Fed's 1913 Charter, but the question remains: is the legal authority there for holding non-Agency MBS?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 20:48 | 282526 monmick
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What "program" are they referring to?

Section 13 (3) of the Federal Reserve Act, at least the way the Fed interprets it, is pretty broad and open ended. Sort of like the Martial Law of central banking....

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:42 | 282320 InstantWinner
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Zero Hedge knew those maiden thingies were stuffed full of shit and boy where they right!  Congrats!

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:46 | 282326 RobotTrader
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If the Fed were to take Maiden Lane public, no doubt, it would be 300% oversubcribed and could be the hottest IPO of 2010.

Right now, there is an unprecedented demand for junk, garbage, and/or anything else perceived to be at "rock bottom"...

Too late to buy the bombed out retail stocks, they have already had 300% - 500% runs.

So the speculators will be looking into other garbage bins for bargains.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:11 | 282373 buzzsaw99
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leveraged speculators perhaps?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:55 | 282439 percolator
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great idea robo!

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:49 | 282333 faustian bargain
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I wonder what they had on the books before they were released today? i.e. this is the positive spin; what is the reality? Somebody's arm must be tired from all the erasing.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:49 | 282334 non-anon
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shades of Enron

By law, the Fed isn't allowed to buy assets -- it can only lend, as lender of last resort. That was a problem for the Bear Stearns bailout, because JP Morgan said it would only buy Bear if someone else assumed responsibility for the crap. Fed came up with this idea to start a shadow company, called a special purpose vehicle (SPVs were how Enron operated, creating "Chewco" and the like named after Chewbacca - the New York Fed called their SPV "Maiden Lane LLC" for name of the street the NY Fed is located on in southern Manhattan). The deal then was JP Morgan put $1 billion into Maiden Lane, the Fed put $29 billion in cash into it. Maiden Lane paid Bear Stearns $30 billion, which went straight back to JP Morgan as this deal happened simultaneously to JP's purchase of Bear. So Morgan got $30 billion in cash ($29 billion net) and the Fed got stuck owning the crap, but was legally only making a loan to Maiden Lane, who was the legal owner (Maiden Lane was incorporated not in NYC, but in Delaware to avoid paying taxes). By the Fed's own accounting - which is very different from a real company's accounting - Maiden Lane has lost $5 billion between its creation and today.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:00 | 282355 faustian bargain
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But who owns Maiden Lane LLC? I don't see how the Fed could say they're not buying assets, even if it's through a subsidiary company. It's insane.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:29 | 282399 SayTabserb
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Wed, 03/31/2010 - 23:57 | 282698 Willzyx
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Or like how repo 105's are really "sales"

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 19:12 | 282450 Rainman
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Emergency powers can be quite creative, yah ??

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 20:19 | 282509 Matto
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Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:03 | 282363 GubmitWKR
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Im dissapointed that the fed didn't use more appropriate discriptors like EATSHT_07, URFKD_06, RIPOF_06

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 20:50 | 282530 monmick
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Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:09 | 282370 Stanley Lord
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Hey ZH Thank you for letting me in the club.

I will be quiet now.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:12 | 282378 buzzsaw99
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It's official, the usa is a criminal org.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:29 | 282398 Catullus
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Wait wait wait.  Do you hear that?  Turns out the world is not collapsing into a neverending pit of dispair and civil unrest.  So let us just audit the rest of the fed.  It's not going to change what's already been done.  An audit never does.  If it makes you feel any better, we'll wait 6 months before telling everyone what you've done.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:33 | 282404 AnonymousMonetarist
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Pay the man Shirley.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:32 | 282403 vote_libertaria...
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Nice of them to leave off the key info.  Like these assets are worth 50% of a non-performing loan.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:33 | 282405 hooligan2009
hooligan2009's picture the Irish Government took out its problem banks mortgage portfolios at 53 cents in the Euro on this basis the $156bn in ML is worth around 80 bn..hmmm..i guess if you are the Fed with rigged accounting its not a loss of 76 billion at all..GS market cap is 90 billion...just saying..whats the rate on an overnight tri-partite collateralised repo actually worth if the mark to market is like this?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:34 | 282407 hooligan2009
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GMTA vote libertarian...wait..who are you? :)


Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:39 | 282415 MarketTruth
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Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:37 | 282414 dark pools of soros
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they just wanted to frontrun ZH for once.. they are crossing it off their bucket list now

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:40 | 282417 MarketTruth
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Hmmm, dollars as back by these loads of... or physical gold.

Gold for the win!

Actually maybe this is a Fed move in trying ANYTHING they can to devalue the dollar?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:44 | 282422 GMetesky
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Gentlemen (yes, yes, ladies too), start your engines!

From my remote corner of the Southern Cone, fretting over the capital transfer provision in the "pack-it-all-in 'health' care bill, busily building greenhouses that grow edibles rather than paper wads, I urge y'all to get goin' while the goin's good.

Bailed out of Wall Street physically and monetarily in 1998, haven't looked back, and recommend y'all read Fukuoka's The Natural Way of Farming for valuable philosophical, logical and practical insights. Every time I go to the bank down here, it's become more complicated and more expensive to transfer money.

Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are, and I hope you ain't planning to make a stand in the good ol' USA, because it may become highly problematic in less time than any of us would like to believe.



Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:51 | 282434 dot_bust
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It seems to me that this is a reaction to the revelation that the Comex and LBMA are selling paper contracts for 100 times the metals that they actually possess and that
JPMorgan Chase has been shorting more silver than actually exists.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 18:52 | 282436 ReallySparky
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Very interesting turn of events.  Funny how everyone here is questioning the reason, motive, and truthfullness of the disclosure.  Will we ever get a "transparent" answer? Tick, Tock, Tick Tock....

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 19:05 | 282445 BoyChristmas
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I remember a friend was trying to convince me Bear went under because of short sellers, not because of their toxic balance sheet. I am sending him the list of just the mezz loans and see if he will reconsider his argument.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 19:15 | 282455 asteroids
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Now we know where GS got the cash to play with the market. Why use your own cash when you can borrow the FEDs.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 19:25 | 282466 Hero Protagonist
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Each entry has a story on the internet.  I just googled the first couple of CUSIPs with interesting results...

From S&P on 00083MAA9

  ACA ABS 2007-3 Ltd Cash Flow Mezzanine SF 04-Sep-07 00083MAA9 X $7,000,000 AAA BBB/Watch Neg BBB

This one appears to already be part of a fire sale - 00936BAA2

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 21:24 | 282554 Miyagi_san
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"some or all of the collateral may be subject to transfer restrictions", sounds like a fire sale

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 19:29 | 282469 exportbank
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We all knew it was stuffed with junk before they gave the information. We know the banks, pensions and insurance companies are broke if the marked-to-market but what difference will it make at the opening bell?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 19:54 | 282481 non-anon
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I know, I know MSNBC, look, lady in a red dress!

Ratigan Breaking It Down Segment With Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer Takes On The Fed - MSNBC w/ Dylan Ratigan (7/24/09)
Wed, 03/31/2010 - 19:51 | 282483 blurden
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It seems to me that this is a reaction to the revelation that the Comex and LBMA are selling paper contracts for 100 times the metals that they actually possess and that
JPMorgan Chase has been shorting more silver than actually exists.

I agree with dot_bust

this 100:1 michael bay-size metal manipulation explosion-of-a story about JPMorgan (which is currently still blacked out by major media) is completely tied to this.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 20:33 | 282516 Augustus
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The Fed wanted someone to takeover Bear.  It is not much different from an FDIC deal on a commercial bank.  FDIC ends up with the junk loans.  The Fed has no way to deal with the collateral.  It goes into some vehicle - Maiden Lane.  So what if JPM had been funding it?  They were only doing it because the FED had more or less ordered them to lend to Bear.  When the deal is over the FED found out what they had got themselves into.  JPM did not do it, Bear did it, deep in the woods.

If these bank takeovers seem such a good deal, take your cash and balancesheet down to the FDIC.  They have a few deals a week for you to get rich with.

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 21:13 | 282539 SteveNYC
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Interesting take on "American racist, anti-government militias" as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald. I wonder how much is fact and how much is fiction?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 22:09 | 282591 JimS
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Here's the way I see it. Congress is going to pass some type of emergency legislation which requires all cash (sitting in IRA and 401k accounts), to be used by the FED, for placement of portions of these CDOs (and the like) into said accounts. This will sop up loose cash and the accounts will have a "guaranteed" annual rate of return for "life" (of course if held to maturity). This will be the annuity that has been tossed around by all the pundits, wondering what the Government has up its sleeve. The FED/Treasury will guarantee the return of principal to all the accounts affected. Of course everything will be "marked-to-fantasy/par". The beauty of this scheme is that it solves most of the FED's problems, as it dumps all the crap that they've been buying up this last year into retirement accounts that just don't have any good options for all that side-lined cash. Not legal? Heck, what has the Treasury and FED done for the last year that has been legal?

Wed, 03/31/2010 - 22:49 | 282639 glenlloyd
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They'll have to rip my 401k from my cold dead hands.

We all knew the ML was loaded with worthless trash, this "transparency" move is nothing more than a distraction. While people are scrutinizing the contents something else is going down elsewhere.

Someone somewhere is airing some very nasty dirty laundry...haven't seen it, but they don't come forward with anything without an underlying motive.

wait and'll come

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 00:01 | 282701 tip e. canoe
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it would be quite interesting to know who the counterparties are on all the CDSs in Maidenstein I.

a wafer thin mint, Mr. Morgan?

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 16:01 | 282704 tip e. canoe
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and look at these beauties from Bride of Maidenstein:

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 00:28 | 282722 defender
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My question is - Why is there cash in these accounts?  What was just sold, and under what terms, to end up with cash.  As these were vehicles to suck the toxic waste from bankrupt companies, there is zero chance that the purchase involved cash. 

The second question is - Does the Fed have the legal authority to sell assets of the government of the United States of America without the explicit approval of congress? 

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 01:08 | 282747 doolittlegeorge
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"it's one, two three what are we fightin' for

what's up  i don't give a damn

next stop is Vietnam.

well it's five six seven open up the pearly gates

no time to wonder why

Yippee! we're all gonna die."

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 09:02 | 282865 jeff montanye
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"be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box."

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 01:11 | 282748 Crab Cake
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Give an inch, take a mile. 

Say Benny Boy?

What's that in the other hand?  Hmmm?

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 01:22 | 282751 Wilderman
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Federal Bank Reserves should be seized by the people, by an Act of Congress, and sold at auction to repay the national debt.


Please, will a constitutional scholar tell me why this is not legal?  It certainly seems moral enough.  These assets were created by pure dilution of our currency, and thence are the property of none but those who hold that currency. 

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 01:30 | 282755 snakeboat
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We do understand that the Fed is part and parcel of the Big Banks, do we not?  There is no us and them within that construct...

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 01:47 | 282765 Wilderman
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That which Congress created, it can also disband. 

2010 campaign platform:  Free Haircuts for All!

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 03:56 | 282798 chindit13
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These vehicles are a repository (suppository for the taxpayer) of warehoused valuables like Betamax's, 8-track tape decks, Pet Rocks, Pacers, Pintos and Vegas, and those truckloads of Salvador Dali prints that are on sale every Saturday at your local Holiday Inn or Motel 6.

Hope we're not counting any of this dross in our "National Wealth".  Chernobyl and Love Canal were less toxic.

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 08:55 | 282861 mister_x
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The majority of it maybe junk. Waiting for your analysis...

Thu, 04/01/2010 - 09:07 | 282872 jeff montanye
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audit the fed.  and timothy's tax returns.

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