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Brilliant graphic on the financial crisis from the New York Times

All figures are in $Bn.

The beige bars represent the US government making bank loans to US financial institutions.

The green bars represent the US government buying shares in US financial institutions

The darker brown bars represent the US government acting as insurer of US financial institutions debts

The height of the graphic shows the relative importance of each of the financial commitments the US government has made to its financial industry since November of 2007.

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