Treasury Plans To Discontinue Three TARP Programs By Year End

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that it will close some programs that are part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and begin to focus some of the …

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that it will close some programs that are part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and begin to focus some of the remaining funds on programs targeted to increase access to credit in areas that remain weak. Three of the programs that will be closed by the end of 2009 include the Capital Purchase Program, the Targeted Investment Program and the untapped Capital Assistance Program. For more on this, see the following article from The Street.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the Obama administration will close some programs at the heart of the $700 billion financial bailout, Reuters reports.

Geithner told Reuters the administration will begin to wind down the programs that initially defined the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and will instead focus on more targeted programs in principal areas where there’s still weakness in terms of access to credit.

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A formal decision as to whether to extend the life of the overall bailout program passed its scheduled ts expiry at the end of 2009 hasn’t been made.

A Treasury official said three programs will be shut down by year end: the Capital Purchase Program that was used to pump funds into banks; a rejigged version called the Capital Assistance Program that was never tapped; and the Targeted Investment Program that supplied $40 billion of additional capital to prop up Citigroup(C Quote) and Bank of America(BAC Quote).

The official also said the total of bailout funds dedicated to a Federal Reserve securities loan program and to a public-private investment program for so-called toxic assets would be capped at $30 billion each.

To date, the Treasury has invested $204.64 billion in more than 600 banks with the Capital Purchase Program, and some $70.72 billion has been repaid, according to Reuters.

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