Stocks tumble after government bailout of AIG

September 17, 2008 1:17:17 PM PDT
Wall Street has plunged again as investors grow increasingly fearful about more turmoil in the financial system even after the government's bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. The market's losses are nearly on pace with those seen in Monday's nosedive and investors are seeking the safety of hard assets and government debt. Gold, oil and short-term Treasurys are soaring.

The Federal Reserve is giving a two-year, $85 billion loan to AIG in exchange for a nearly 80 percent stake in the company after it lost billions in the risky business of insuring against bond defaults. But the move has failed to reassure investors.