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Anyone that pays the least bit of attention to the business/economic news sees some serious problems in the financial markets.
That being said, with all of the write-downs being reported from companies like Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Countrywide, the various hedge funds, etc., etc. has all of this money simply disappeared or has it shifted from those companies to other entities?
If a balance sheet was done on the total finances in the USA would the bottom line numbers be lower today than a year ago? Did this money ever really exist or is a write-down just an adjustment to more reasonably reflect the assets of the companies? Are there a lot of people (those that owned stock in those companies) actually worth less as a result or have they just given their assets over to others that capitalized on the turmoil?
Does the money that the Fed is pumping into the financial markets really exist or is the government just printing it to cover up the problem. Where is the money coming from? It it being borrowed through bond sales or is it just being created to avert a crisis?
Factual answers please just to fight ignorance of what this financial crisis is all about.