Banks are eager to repay the government for money they received through the Troubled Asset Relief Program and to do so as quickly and inexpensively as possible. The government received warrants from the banks when the financial system was poised for disaster, and those warrants are becoming a sticking point in negotiations over repayment of the funds. The government must decide whether it wants to press for the best return on investment for taxpayers or settle for a lower price and inflict lesser strain on the banks.

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