Ok, for the Layman’s terms…that’s how I “roll”. I put it in terms YOU can understand.
Govie (Government, Washington, Uncle Sam, etc…) has got a plan. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (money organizer of Government) has suggested that Govie buys the “toxic” mortgage assets from American banks at a discount. This means that the banks can unload their risky mortgage assets to the government for less than what they are worth, but expectantly better than what those assets are worth after the next wave of defaults comes through…the bank can stand to loose a calculated amount, but possibly not an unforeseen/unexpected amount that might occur in foreclosure costs. This way, banks stand to have a higher probability to make it through this U-G-L-Y situation. Now, I like the idea of the plan for a simple reason. First, I’m not an economist and therefore it’s my opinion. I like it because our government has taken on some major liabilities in the very recent past with the Fannie/Freddie help, bailing out big player lenders, war, etc… It’s obvious that our government has the strength and money to help everyone when times call for it. A good example of a sign that might show that, is this; Me and you are not economists, so we have to look to signs of those people in our world that are, to see what confidence they have in our Govie for help. Well, when Henry suggested this option to help, stocks blew up like 400 points. If stocks are going up, that means the people who are economist and ARE in the “know”, are momentarily confident. Back to why I like this. Since the government is buying these mortgage assets for “cents on the dollar”, they stand to make a profit when the market turns around. You catch that? I’m ok with Govie making “ends” (ends=money or profit) on such a scenario so that they can reimburse themselves for the spending they have done to get our economy back to par, so that the next time our economy is against the ropes, they’ll have the money power to dig America out again.
Oh by the way, rates terrible today because of all this. Remember, whats good for the economy isn’t usually good for our mortgage interest rates. If you wonder why, search my archived blogs that explain that.