Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Shark problem? Add blood!

No other metaphor captures the pure insanity of the bailout like the shark one.  Here's another reason why:

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Genworth Financial Inc., the insurer spun off by General Electric Co., said it’s in negotiations to acquire InterBank Fsb and with it eligibility for the U.S. Treasury’s $750 billion bailout program.

Genworth is seeking to buy the Maple Grove, Minnesota-based thrift in order to gain recognition as a savings-and-loan holding company. Talks are in progress and terms are being negotiated, Genworth spokesman Al Orendorff said today.

Genworth Financial would join the more than 50 regional banks offering stakes to the U.S. Troubled Asset Relief Program. The bank is seeking to tap bailout funds after a surge in claims at its mortgage insurance unit and investment losses.

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