What Does It Take to Be 'Too Big to Fail?'
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The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve drew the line at bailing out Lehman Brothers, but the world's biggest insurance company was another matter. We hear why AIG will be backed up with $85 billion in taxpayer money. Will the line be drawn again or will other companies turn out to be "too big to fail?" On Reporter's Notebook, the price of oil soared to $147 a barrel in July. Now it's down almost to $90. What happened? What's the relationship to the crisis on Wall Street?
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Oil Prices Falling, Fuel Prices Rising ()
Only a few weeks ago, the price of oil went over $147 a barrel, amid predictions of a continuing rise. Now it's dropped down almost to $90 a barrel. Get hear the how, the why and the relationship to the overall economy from Joseph Stanislaw, independent advisor to the energy and resources practices of Deloitte. He's author of The Commanding Heights: The Battle between Government and the Marketplace That Is Reshaping the Modern World.
- Joseph Stanislaw: Independent Senior Adviser, Deloitte
AIG's Global Reach, What's Next? ()
Bear Stearns was bailed out, along with Freddie and Fannie, while Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail. But with a trillion dollars in assets, American International Group turns out to be big enough to threaten the global economy, moving the Federal Reserved to agree to what the New York Times calls "the most radical intervention in private business in the central bank's history." The insurance company does business all over the world, insuring cars, houses, retirement plans and companies, along with a lot of exotic financial instruments based on risky mortgages. Why does AIG qualify for $85 billion in American taxpayers' money? Will unprecedented government intervention ease the private financial crisis? Will other troubled companies be standing in line?
- Justin Lahart: Economics Reporter, Wall Street Journal
- Raghuram Rajan: former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
- David Smick: Editor, International Economy Magazine
- Nomi Prins: former analyst, Lehman Brothers
- Steven Davidoff: Professor, Connecticut School of Law
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