Monday, July 14, 2008

Treasury Secretary's GSE remarks translated

by Felix Salmon. Here's a sample:

Paulson: GSE debt is held by financial institutions around the world. Its continued strength is important to maintaining confidence and stability in our financial system and our financial markets. Therefore we must take steps to address the current situation as we move to a stronger regulatory structure.

Translation: China and other major foreign investors hold a huge amount of Agency debt, on the understanding that it's risk-free. I'm here to tell them that, yes, it's risk free. Nothing to worry about here. And to prove that there's nothing to worry about, I'll put out a press release on a Sunday night which is designed to reassure you all. There, you're reassured, right?

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