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The NTMA (Ireland) and NAMA (The Bad Bank) - The Matter of the Pricing of Imparied Assets.

 

Breakfast at Lemon, Dawson StreetThe concern of my taxi driver in Dawson Street the other night was that both the US and UK authorities had considered the bad bank proposition and dismissed it, however Ireland has gone headlong for that strategic approach, "ah well" (he said) "sure, if they get this bit wrong in Leinster House, then we are all (bleep bleep)!!"

NAMA (the National Asset Management Agency) was first proposed in a report prepared for the Irish NTMA (National Treasury Management Authority) by Dr. Peter Bacon (apparently known as 'Rasher' to his friends). NAMA is the formal title of 'the Bad Bank of Ireland'; the original report (abridged version) which is interesting in its practical 'business-like' perspective, addressing the arithmetic of valuing impaired assets transferred from a banking system to a government vehicle & the implications therof on the capital position of the banks and on the consequent freedom or otherwise of the property market is available on the NTMA site here;- http://www.ntma.ie/Publications/2009/NAMAsummary.pdf

 

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