More bailout funds for Citigroup?

You’ve got to be kidding me? After providing more than $40 billion in “support” funds to Citigroup during the first round of bailouts, they determine that it’s not working out too well.

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Here is the news from an AP business writer on Yahoo News, with my emphasis added.

The U.S. government will exchange up to $25 billion in emergency bailout money it provided Citigroup Inc. for as much as a 36 percent equity stake in the struggling bank.

The deal announced Friday — the third attempt at a rescue plan for Citigroup in the past five months — is contingent on private investors also agreeing to a similar swap.


Malkin rightly refers to this as an EPIC FAIL.

Another day, another multi-billion-dollar bank bailout.

The Treasury Department is back with a half-baked plant to soak up 36 percent of ailing Citigroup. Because the first $45 billion worked so well!

The deal will convert nearly worthless common stock into preferred shares, put the taxpayers’ stake in the company at nearly 40 percent, and continue the borrow-spend-panic-bailout-repeat cycle.

Instant verdict: “Shares of Citi tumbled 56 cents, or 22.7 percent to $1.90 in premarket trading.”


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Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Erik Blazynski on February 28, 2009 at 10:07 am

    The answer to your question is  NO, this is not another bail out, this deal does not result in the government spending more money on Citi.  Your post is pretty misleading.


  2. Steve McGough on March 1, 2009 at 4:05 am

    My definition of a bailout is any money or agreement between a failing business and any investor to prop up the business. The government chipped in money before by buying up stock that nobody else would buy (bailout). Now that the stock is near worthless, they came up with the scheme to "convert" the shares worth nothing into something that is a little more valuable (bailout #2). All cooking the books in my opinion.

    If I invest in a company, and the common stock of that company becomes worthless, do I get to go and renegotiate my original investment to make it worth more?

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