Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fear, Rumors Touched Off Fatal Run on Bear Stearns -

Fear, Rumors Touched Off Fatal Run on Bear Stearns -
"Part One: Missed Opportunities As the firm's fortunes spiraled downward, executives squabbled over raising capital and cutting its inventory of mortgages.
Part Two: Run on the Bank Executives believed they were about to turn a corner, but rumors and fear sent clients, trading partners and lenders fleeing.
Part Three: Deal or No Deal? The Fed pressured Bear Stearns to sell itself, but a misstep in the hastily drawn agreement nearly scuttled the deal."

Wow. Possibly the best series of articles I have seen in the WSJ in years. One Look-in:
""Do you have any idea what is going on?" Mr. Minikes asked, cutting off his boss. "Our cash is flying out the door. Our clients are leaving us."

It was the beginning of a frantic 72 hours that would bring the Wall Street firm to its knees and threaten the stability of the global financial system. Interviews with more than two dozen current and former Bear Stearns executives, directors, traders and others involved show how quickly a company that took 85 years to build could unravel."

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