Taxpayers will bear the risks in the Treasury Department's plan to deal with so-called toxic assets, according to an MSNBC.com analysis by John W. Schoen. Shifting the burden to taxpayers is designed to make private investors more willing to purchase some of the assets, and the plan did get a favorable response from Wall Street. "By partnering with the government, a few big investment funds will have a chance to profit off the toxic assets, sharing any proceeds with the government. But if the investments don't pay off, taxpayers will bear most of the risk," Schoen writes.
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