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Barclays buying Lehman Bros isn't exactly bailing them out. It's the same as BOA buying Merrill Lynch. However the $85 billion loan to AIG is a little different. But again, it's more important to save the largest insurance company in the world than it is an investment bank.
truth if an insurance company that big goes down the drain and some sort of disaster (hurricane) hits everyone is fucked. Although AIG owns stowe mountain, so maybe this sort of crisis will force them to sell it to some better managers.
earnings didnt fall 70% for Goldman Profits fell 70% which means they still made money they are still positive, the media reports it that way to be more dramatic. it was basiccally in simple numbers instead of GS earning 10 billion last quarter liek they did the yaer berfore they only earned 3 billion. it is not good but still better then looseing. people just need to be aware of media dramatizations, you got to remember what the media is selling "advertising" to sell that they need to have ratings. if they dont over dramatize whats going on less people would watch. the old addage "good news dont sell papers"