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The federal government is mulling the creation of a facility to take on bad debt from reeling financial institutions as a way to stem the deepening financial crisis,


reported Thursday.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is floating the idea of a government entity, similar to the Resolution Trust Corp. of the late 1980s that solved the savings and loan crisis, to take over bad debts from a number of financial institutions.

After the report aired, the overall stock market rocketed higher, and the financials were some of the biggest beneficiaries.

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