You will hear a great deal this election season about Wall Street, big banks, Dodd-Frank and the infamous taxpayer bailout of all the bad guys. Turns out the bailout was a pretty good investment for taxpayers even before all the money has been paid back.
At this point the bailout actually hasn’t cost taxpayers a dime, quite the opposite in fact.
Check out the facts about who got what at the link below. Note that the largest single recipients were government created organizations.
The Bailout Scorecard
Last update: Jun. 2, 2016
Altogether, accounting for both the TARP and the Fannie and Freddie bailout, $620B has gone out the door—invested, loaned, or paid out—while $390B has been returned.
The Treasury has been earning a return on most of the money invested or loaned. So far, it has earned $298B. When those revenues are taken into account, the government has realized a $68.4B profit as of Jun. 2, 2016.