Bank of America – the story behind the story (Source: Bailout Nation)
June 2005: Bank of America takes a 9 percent stake in China Construction Bank for #3 billion; China’s market tops out in 2007 and then plummets 72 percent.
January 2006: Bank of America acquires MBNA for $35 billion. The world’s largest issuer of credit cards [MBNA] is taken over right before the world’s largest credit crunch occurs and (whoops) just before the worst postwar recession begins.
August 2007: Bank of America invests $2 billion in Countrywide Financial, the nation’s biggest mortgage lender and loan servicer. It is a jumbo loser, dropping 57 percent in a few month’s time.
January 2008: Bank of America doubles down and announces a $4.1 billion acquisition of Countrywide. The timing is flawless, and the purchase is announced as the worst housing collapse in modern history is accelerating.
September 2008: Bank of America pays $50 billion for Merrill Lynch, including Merrill’s portfolio of toxic assets (along with some previously unannounced trading desk errors).
And… following the above cited BofA follies, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve stepped up to the plate and kindly dished out billions of dollars (at U.S. citizen taxpayer expense) to Bank of America to keep the big dog afloat.
To recap (Source: Bloomberg Nov 28, 2011 ):
Morgan Stanley was the #1 recipient of Fed secret loans at $107 billion (peak loan amount – 9/29/2008).
Citigroup was the #2 recipient of the Fed’s secret lifelines $99.5 billion (peak loan amount – 1/20/2009).
Bank of America was the #3 recipient with $91.4 billion (peak loan amount – 2/26/2009).
Bloomberg Nov 28, 2011: “Bank of America Corp., which got two rounds of U.S. Treasury Department capital injections totaling $45 billion to stay afloat during the credit crisis, borrowed twice that amount in secret from the Federal Reserve. On Feb. 26, 2009, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank held $78 billion of loans from the Fed’s Term Auction Facility, $8.65 billion from the Primary Dealer Credit Facility, $4.75 billion from the Term Securities Lending Facility. The financing helped bolster the largest U.S. bank by assets as investors worried its 2008 acquisitions of Merrill Lynch & Co. and Countrywide Financial Corp. might lead to nationalization.”
Major Wall Street banking conglomerates precipitated the great financial crisis (2007-2012) with their runaway gambling binge on subprime debt. The housing market collapsed, their balance sheets blew up, and these financial heavyweights sunk into some deep capital holes.
The Federal Reserve stepped in with massive rescue packages (credit facilities, discount window access), fire-hosing them with hundreds of billions of dollars to restore them to ‘financial health.’
In the process of the 2008-2010 financial meltdown, millions of Americans lost their jobs, and approximately 12 million American families lost their homes.
It is now time to grant U.S. citizens the same access to liquidity that the Fed provided to Wall Street’s financial sector.
The Leviticus 25 Plan, with its dynamic recapture provisions, pays for itself over a 15-year period. It restores ‘financial health’ to American families.
And it will light up the economy for years to come with health, sustainable growth.
The Leviticus 25 Plan 2018 – $75,000 per U.S. citizen