How Will Banks Fare in the Bailout?
The details still have to be worked out for the $700 billion fund the U.S. government will create to take distressed mortgage-related assets off banks' hands in hopes of thawing the country's frozen credit system. The most obvious beneficiaries of the plan will be members of the "shadow banking system," including such surviving investment banks as Merrill Lynch (MER)— which has agreed to be acquired by Bank of America (BAC)— and Morgan Stanley (MS), but even more conservative commercial banks that don't have much to purge from their balance sheets are expected to gain as the effects of the program spread through the economy.
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