Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dow's historic drop reflects financial system's challenges

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, September 29, 2008. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Even if the $700 billion bailout had succeeded, as massive as it would have been, it would have provided just one new leg for weakened credit markets to stand on. A recovery of the financial system will also depend on reviving the flow of private investment money, closing or consolidating weak banks, and a continuation of the extraordinary efforts by the
Federal Reserve.

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