Lehman Bankruptcy

Friday, September 19, 2008


Chart of the Day
In an attempt to put the current financial crisis into perspective, today's chart illustrates the 10 largest Chapter 11 bankruptcies in US history. As the chart illustrates, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers earlier this week dwarfs all previous US bankruptcies. The US government has taken the approach that some companies are 'too big to fail' as failure could have devastating systemic effects. In the case of Lehman Brothers, however, the bar as to what is too big has been raised - considerably.



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