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September 15, 2008: AIG Goes into Meltdown, Share Price Collapses

The share price in the insurance giant AIG collapses to $4.76 amid fears over the company’s credit rating, which is subsequently cut by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. This means that the company needs additional capital, and it is given permission by New York State to access $20 billion in its subsidiaries. In addition, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase work to prepare a potential $75 billion lifeline. (Son and Holm 9/16/2008; Bloomberg 3/5/2009) However, this is not enough, and the US government will be forced to seize control of AIG the next day (see September 16, 2008).


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