Remembering 2008

We are occasionally reminded of the 2008 financial meltdown and its aftermath, and the taxpayer-funded bailouts of banks, insurance companies and an automobile manufacturer or two. The massive bailout, $633 billion approximately, was paid out to 982 entities. $633 billion went into TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program). Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received $192 billion of that.

Of those recipients, 780 were obligated to pay back the money. The rest, totaling $29.9 billion, received direct subsidies for TARP’s housing programs.

But who’s keeping track?

ProPublica is. For more than a decade, the non-profit news organization has tracked disbursements and inflows of TARP and its individual recipients.

Where the money went:

  • $245 billion – banks & other financial institutions
  • $192 billion – Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac
  • $ 80 billion – automobile companies
  • $ 68 billion – AIG
  • $ 30 billion – other miscellaneous (ProPublica tracks each)
  • $ 19 billion – “toxic assets” purchases

What we don’t hear much about is that to date TARP has generated an overall profit of $116 billion:

  • $390 billion – repayments
  • $359 billion – interest, dividends and fees

Of course, there are a few deadbeats:

  • General Motors – $11.3 billion unpaid
  • Chrysler – $1.2 billion unpaid
  • CIT Group – $2.3 billion unpaid

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac has repaid none of the $192 billion principal, but have paid $306 billion dividends.

And you might be wondering about the Crazy Woman Creek Bancorp of Buffalo, Wyoming. It generated $1.3 million profit for the U.S. Treasury on the $3.1 million advanced to it. You can drill down to the detail on you favorite financial institution and every other recipient of TARP largesse.

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