Dear Mr. President: I know you're proud of the effort made by your team back in 2009 to save General Motors. You should be. But as good as this GM thing has been for you, with the election now over, it's time to let go and direct the Treasury to sell its stake in General Motors.
The Treasury says it expects to lose more than $25 billion on its bailout of the auto industry -- mostly on its GM investment. But we've also been told GM paid back the Feds. How does this add up, and what has to happen for taxpayers to get their money back?
It's an obvious, inevitable question: GM or Ford? On one view, Ford -- with its solid line of hit products and bailout-free balance sheet -- is the fiscally responsible choice. But the company known until recently as "Government Motors," trading right now in the low $20 range, is turning itself around and qualifies not only as a buy, but a steal.
GM workers ratified a collective bargaining agreement Wednesday morning, while Ford tries to pare down the average $58 an hour it currently disburses in pay and benefits. But labor relations aside, Ford -- sole refuser of government largesse -- is the company to invest in right now. Here's why.
Steven Rattner has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to settle allegations that the former "car czar" paid a state official to steer state pension-fund business to Rattner's Manhattan-based private-equity firm several years ago.
After its near-miraculous emergence so quickly from bankruptcy, the new GM will certainly make big bucks for investors if it fulfills its potential to beat sales forecasts and earnings expectations. And, no, it wouldn't take another miracle.
Historians will look back on Washington's bailout of GM and Wall Street as the right move. That's because it's now clear that the costs of doing nothing would have been far higher, and it turns out that taxpayers may suffer only limited losses on this economic Hail Mary pass.
General Motors's IPO later this month is expected to raise about $10 billion -- of between $26 and $29 per share -- and to reduce the U.S. government's stake of the company to a minority portion, the Associated Press reports.
General Motors is giving some 600,000 employees, retirees and dealers the chance to purchase stock in the resurgent company as the auto giant moves forward with its initial public offering, slated for next month.
GM filed for an IPO this week, which means that the U.S. government will soon be able to start selling off its 61% stake in the automaker. So what are the odds that the taxpayers will break even on their $42 billion gamble in General Motors, and what would it take for them to do so?
A little more than a year ago, bankrupt GM required a massive government bail-out. Today the company began its return to Wall Street by formally filing to hold an IPO. Yet it remains unclear if the once-troubled automaker will be a good investment.
General Motors is paying its bailout loans back in full and ahead of schedule. CEO Edward Whitacre is headed to Washington to share the good news -- and he's paying his own way on a private jet, hoping to avoid the spectacle surrounding his predecessor's trip last year.