Bailout cost U.S. $10K per head

A British pound atop a U.S. dollar

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Bill Radke: The global cost of fighting the financial crisis is a little clearer today. The BBC has figured out the world's largest economies have spent more than $10 trillion bailing out the system. From London, Stephen Beard has the details.


Steohen Beard: The BBC says that the G20 group of countries shelled out $10.8 trillion fighting financial meltdown. The U.S. spent the most overall: $3.6 trillion. That breaks down to $10,000 for every single American.

Britain, with its much smaller economy, was proportionately harder hit. The U.K.'s bailouts come to $50,000 per head. Much of the money was spent propping up the banks. As they pull out of trouble, governments should get back most of the cash.

But the BBC's figures highlight some long-term damage. A decade's worth of bank profits have been wiped out. Despite the more optimistic mood in Washington, it could be years before lending returns to previous levels and the leading economies fully recover.

In London, this is Stephen Beard for Marketplace.

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Stephen Beard is the European bureau chief and provides daily coverage of Europe’s business and economic developments for the entire Marketplace portfolio.

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