WSJ: Troubled Wachovia Seeks Out a Merger

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Wachovia Corp. has entered into preliminary talks with a handful of possible buyers -- the latest in a parade of banks to look for safety in the arms of a suitor amid concerns that the weak economy is pushing them deeper into peril.

The talks came as Washington Mutual Inc.'s late-Thursday failure rattled the shares of other troubled banks. Shares in Wachovia fell 27% on Friday as investors fretted about its massive mortgage portfolio.

Investors are growing concerned that a host of banks nationwide, both large and small, could come under fresh pressure to either raise more capital or else find someone willing to buy them. The trouble stems in part from the fact that a broad range of borrowers, not just mortgage holders, are now starting to default on their debt. For instance, about 2.4% of payments on credit cards are more than 90 days overdue, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the highest level since 1991.

Read it all from the front page of this morning's Wall Street Journal.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsEconomy

Posted September 27, 2008 at 11:52 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Irenaeus wrote:

This is big.

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