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Money, money everywhere …except in your pocket?


There’s lots of money sloshing around the financial system these days. The Federal Reserve has established a target range of 0-0.25 percent for its key rate, bringing it closer to unconventional action to lift the economy out of a year-long recession.

From Washington, the first package aimed at rescuing the credit crisis-hit banking sector amounted to $700 billion. Treasury can use only half of that amount and it has already pledged all but $15 billion of it. The Senate has refused to pass a $14 billion rescue package for Detroit’s three major car companies last week, leaving it in the hands of the Bush administration to work out a deal.

So far, the names that are on the receiving end of all the cash — AIG, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and if a deal can be made, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — are all very big companies.

The Fed’s latest move could help funnel some cash to the ordinary folks at the helm of the economic ship. What do you think, will any of the money flooding the financial system reach smaller companies or other borrowers? If you’re an individual looking for more cash, are you having trouble and do you think help is on the way?

Back in coach for Wall Street, Goldman pulls the free soda

A trader puts his hand to his face while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York November 1, 2007.For many bankers and traders, the days of company perks such as sleek limos, cushy business seats, and fat steaks are gone.

Credit Suisse has reduced some cell phone subsidies and done away with car vouchers. Merrill Lynch has banned business class travel for some divisions. Goldman Sachs has pulled free soda and JPMorgan has upped the requirements for free meals and car rides.