Scene: Meeting between an unnamed money market manager and The MLEC (”The Entity”). Treasury Secretary Paulson is present.
MLEC: Would you like to buy some of our asset backed commerical paper?
Manager: Yes. But we’re fully invested right now. Maybe when some of our paper rolls over.
MLEC: Excellent. How much would you like to buy?
Manager: Excuse me?
MLEC: We welcome your interest in our fund. How much would you like to buy?
Manager: Oh…. uh…. $50 million?
MLEC: $500 million. Excellent.
Manager: No. I said $50, not $500.
Secretary Paulson [becoming impatient]: I’m pretty sure I heard you say $500 million. Unless it was $1 billion????
Manager: Right. Sorry. I misheard you. $500 million.
Secretary Paulson to the MLEC: Excellent. Put him down for $1 billion.
[To the room in general]: I knew investors would be interested in this market based opportunity.
[Turning to the manager]: It’s been a pleasure doing business with you.
[Paulson extends his hand and the bewildered manager shakes it].
Also see David Gaffen’s “Obey the Entity” post at the WSJ’s MarketBeat.