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Finance and economics generally focused on real estate

4/16/09 –This USED to be weekly

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A surprisingly large number of entrepreneurs are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what the Fed’s toxic asset solution will look like. In the spirit of “deja vu all over again”, this look a heck of a lot like 1989/91, when the RTC was coming into existence and a significant number of private firms helped with the workout of bad assets from the Savings and Loan crisis. It was terrifically clear back then — and it’s clear to me now — that this was/is not the sort of thing that can be done internally at a Federal agency (then, the FDIC, now the Treasury). An agency simply doesn’t have the people-power or the entrepreneural expertise to put these assets back to work.

Fortunately, it appears that Geitner “gets it” and the early indications are that they will want to bring some serious players (the Blackstones, Blackrocks, and Goldman Sachs of the world) to the table. From there, it’s anyone’s guess, but my bet is a thousand small private equity firms will get involved to buy, repackage, and redeploy the bad assets.

Written by johnkilpatrick

April 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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