Banks at Risk from Collapse

Another frentic day on the stockmarket saw more banks lined up as potential victims of the credit crunch.

After the collapse of Lehmanh Brothers and rescue of HBOS by Lloyds TSB, share prices in investment banks plummeted on fears that the credit crunch could soon be hitting them.

Amongst the big losers were Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

They lost 25% and 37% respectively. The FTSE closed at its lowest level for 3 years. at 4,900.

The US government, who bailed out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, pumped over $80billion of money into insurance firm AIG. They didn't rescue Lehman Brothers, but, are looking closely at the financial state of Morgan Stanley. They will not want to let Morgan Stanley go under, but, are aware of the acute crisis occuring in the financial sector. With confidence on a knife edge, they will be reluctant to see another bank go under.

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