Thursday, March 26, 2009

Value of the Geithner Put

Someone not on the AIG multi-million dollar payroll puts together a model and finds that, at 7:1, the Geithner put may be worth about 11% to the average investor. My back-of-the-envelope numbers (see below) suggested about the same.

This is hardly giving away the store.

[Side note: They misinterpreted the max stated leverage of 6:1, I think, as an "odds" formulation, to come up with only 1/7 of the total capital required.... If you have 5:1 leverage, you have an organization with 20% equity, under common parlance.]

(h/t Salmon)

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