Friday, September 19, 2008
Media reports this morning paint a particularly dire picture of the immediate prospects for the US financial system.
Some background here accounting for Paulson's statement. The credit crisis on Wednesday threatened to drag down Wall Street banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. The Washington Post reports shares of the firms "tumbled as fears mounted that the two most-vaunted names in investment banking could fall victim to the credit crisis." The New York Times says on its front page, "Even Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, the two last titans left standing on Wall Street, are no longer immune," underscoring "how quickly a sense of fear is spreading through Wall Street."