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New Bank Bailout Plan Calls For Partial Use Of Private Money

If this pile of crap has any value at all, well, you'd think they'd all be clamoring for a shot to buy it! And if they're not, it's probably because

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If this pile of crap has any value at all, well, you'd think they'd all be clamoring for a shot to buy it! And if they're not, it's probably because they know just how worthless it is. But don't worry - if you buy now, Uncle Sugar will step in at some point and pay for it even if it isn't worth a dime:

Wall Street helped produce the global financial and economic crisis. Now, as the Obama administration prepares to unveil a revised bailout plan for the banking system, policy makers hope Wall Street can be part of the solution.

Administration officials said the plan, to be announced Tuesday, was likely to depend in part on the willingness of private investors other than banks — like hedge funds, private equity funds and perhaps even insurance companies — to buy the contaminating assets that wiped out the capital of many banks.

The officials say they are counting on the profit motive to create a market for those assets. The government would guarantee a floor value, officials say, as a way to overcome investors’ reluctance to buy them.

Details of the new plan, which were still being worked out during the weekend, are sketchy. And they are likely to remain so even after Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner announces the plan on Tuesday. But the aim is to reduce the need for immediate federal financing and relieve fears that taxpayers will pay excessive prices if the government takes over risky securities. The banks created those securities when credit and home prices were booming a few years ago.

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