Markets upbeat on bank bailout
Asian markets ended trading on Thursday mixed with Japan’s Nikkei -
225 down 2% and the Australia’s All Ordinaries down 1%, but Hong Kong’s
Hang Seng was up 1% and Singapore’s Straits Times Index was up
At the time of writing, India’s BSE Sensex was up more than 1.5%.
Markets were upbeat on the passage of a bank bailout package in the
US Senate with amendments, which is expected to shore up the financial
sector hard hit by investments in sub-prime mortgages or housing loans
made to those with low incomes or poor credit ratings.
These mortgage notes typically carried high yields, AAA credit
ratings, and were backed by the underlying property as collateral. The
lenders were betting US housing prices will continue increasing and
hence paid scant regard to the borrower’s ability to pay back the loans.
Ironically, prices of houses were rising due to the availability of easy
credit thus creating an asset bubble which burst in early 2007.
The subsequent decline in house prices eliminated the borrower’s
equity and left financial institutions with large capital losses.
The revised bail-out package called for an increase in the Federal
Deposit Insurance Cover from US$100,000 to US$250,000, increasing the
safety net offered to small investors in bank deposits. Source: First