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Profits on Citigroup Stock: Can They Be the Basis for Financing Stimulus?

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Last month the government announced plans to sell the stock it obtained in November of 2008 as part of its bailout package of Citigroup. The media jumped on the fact that, at the stock’s current market value, the government stands to earn an $8 billion profit on this stock. This profit was widely touted as evidence of the success of the bailout. In reality, the government’s profit on Citigroup stock was primarily the result of its own willingness to back up Citigroup. The increase in Citigroup’s stock price was largely driven by investors’ realization that the government would not let Citigroup fail.

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  • Dean Baker, 2010. "Profits on Citigroup Stock: Can They Be the Basis for Financing Stimulus?," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2010-09, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  • Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2010-09
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    Citigroup; bailout; stimulus;

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    • E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook

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