Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Another $40 billion

AIG has closed a deal for another $40 billion. The U.S. government on Monday provided new financial assistance to the troubled insurance giant, American International Group. This assistance package included another $40 billion into the company in return for partial ownership.

And McCain accused Obama of being a socialist?

The action was announced jointly by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department. All told, this move boosts total aid to AIG to around $150 billion.

The $40 billion infusion comes from the recently enacted $700 billion financial bailout package. The government is buying preferred shares of AIG stock, giving it an ownership stake in the company.

As part of the new arrangement, the Federal Reserve is reducing a $85 billion loan it is had made available to AIG to $60 billion. The Fed also is replacing a separate $37.8 billion loan to the insurance company with a $52 billion aid package.

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