September 26, 2008

WaMu Failure Further Sign of Financial Turmoil

$700 billion bailout negotiations still ongoing

More On Legal & Compliance

from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • Use and Misuse of Social Media Social media is an inexpensive and effective way to communicate with established and prospective clients.  Nevertheless, when RIAs utilize social media to promote their advisory practices, they risk compliance problems for their firms.
  • Best Practices for Working with Senior Investors Securities examiners deal harshly with RIAs that do not fulfill their fiduciary obligations toward senior investors, as the SEC and state securities regulators view older investors as particularly vulnerable and in need of protection.

Signs of the faltering economic environment continue to unfold as the federal government seized Washington Mutual (WaMu) on September 25 in what is being called the largest bank failure in history. Congress continues to debate the $700 billion financial bailout today even as talks were dealt a setback September 25 when a group of House Republicans sought to institute an alternative plan.

That plan, according to published reports, is to create a program by which the government would establish an expanded insurance system financed by the banks that would rescue individual home mortgages. However, it seems as that plan has been nixed as the House Republicans are now back on board and have rejoined the negotiations on the $700 billion bailout plan.

As for WaMu, published reports say that regulators brokered a sale of virtually all of WaMu's assets--totaling $307 billion--to JPMorgan Chase for $1.9 billion. It was only six months ago that JPMorgan acquired Bear Stearns.

Reprints Discuss this story
This is where the comments go.