Banks Still Pose a Significant Headache for Obama

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The Obama Administration does not want to nationalize banks that appear to be failing, and Congress is not likely to come up with more bailout money. Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner brushed aside concerns, saying that there's enough bank bailout money left so he won't have to ask Congress for more. But what about those "stress tests" now being conducted on the nineteen biggest banks? If the economic crisis gets worse, will they have enough money to lend? If the stress tests are set up so that nobody fails, will they have credibility? If they reveal basic problems, will result be panic rather than reassurance?

Credits

Guests:
Ed Luce - Financial Times - @EdwardGLuce, Kenneth Rogoff - Harvard University - @krogoff, Felix Salmon - Host of the Slate Money podcast, WIRED - @felixsalmon, Kevin Drum - Writer, Mother Jones

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis