Didn't work for FDR either!
By Glenn Somerville
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury chief Timothy Geithner on Tuesday unveiled a new bank rescue plan that would put $2 trillion to work mopping up bad assets and restoring credit, but stock markets plunged on fears it would not work.
Global markets had intensely awaited Geithner's ideas for a plan mixing private and public funding to stabilize a financial system tottering under the weight of bad mortgages, but were disappointed over the scant detail he provided.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down more than 380 points or 4.6 percent in its biggest one-day percentage drop since December 1, while prices for U.S. government bonds climbed as investors sought safety. The KBW index of bank stocks fell almost 14 percent.
Geithner said lack of public confidence in prior rescue efforts had made it all the more difficult to stop "a dangerous dynamic" in which a lack of credit undercuts the economy and leads to more weakness among banks, worsening the recession.