Friday, March 14, 2008

In energy we trust. Everybody else pays cash.

Almost time to buy Goldman Sachs, I think.

CNBC: Bear Stearns Gets Funding to Restore Confidence.


Bear Stearns received a secured loan facility from JPMorgan Chase as part of steps it is taking to shore up the market's confidence in its operations.

JPMorgan Chase will provide a secured loan facility for an initial period of up to 28 days allowing Bear Stearns to access liquidity as needed.

The Fed, through its discount window, will provide non-recourse, back-to-back financing to JPMorgan Chase, the commercial bank said. JPMorgan said it does not believe this transaction exposes its shareholders to any material risk.

"Bear Stearns has been the subject of a multitude of market rumors regarding our liquidity," said Alan Schwartz, president and chief executive in Bear Stearns, in a written statement. "We have tried to confront and dispel these rumors and parse fact from fiction. Nevertheless, amidst this market chatter, our liquidity position in the last 24 hours had significantly deteriorated. We took this important step to restore confidence in us in the marketplace, strengthen our liquidity and allow us to continue normal operations."