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2009 transcripts reveal Fed confronting a chaotic banking system
2009 transcripts reveal Fed confronting a chaotic banking system

Transcripts of Federal Reserve meetings in 2009 showed central bank officials struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades and searching for the right policies to halt a deepening economic downturn. The transcripts released Wednesday revealed that officials were worried about the precedents being set by providing billions of dollars of government support to the nation's largest banks. They also searched for ways to provide more support to an economy that seemed to be in free fall at the beginning of the year. During an emergency call on the morning of Jan. 16, 2009, after the government had announced a $20-billion bailout for Bank of America, then-Fed Chairman Ben...

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