Thursday, January 29, 2009

Roubini: US Banking System is Insolvent

Nouriel Roubini, of RGE Monitor, was one of the first people to predict the housing crisis, and now he has come out and said that "the US Banking System is Insolvent." While at Davos Nouriel Roubini said he believes this because expected losses for the US banking system will be about $2 trillion, which far exceeds bank capital of about $1.5 trillion. Roubini has also said that he believes total financial system losses could hit $3.6 trillion.

Because of this fact Roubini does not believe the government plan for buying the toxic assets of US banks may not work.

Instead Nouriel Roubini suggests that the Obama administration should look towards Sweden's plan of nationalizing all insolvent banks, cleaning them up and then selling off the good assets to the private sector.

I can just hear the Republicans howling now.

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