Nov 26: Deutsche Bank Swap Lures County as Budgets Crumble http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aUYLG7W1nGpM&refer=exclusive 'The interest-rate swaps, which involve $42 million of fixed-rate debt, guarantees Dauphin County $816,000 the first year and then wagers taxpayersâ money that short-term interest rates beginning in September 2009 wonât exceed 7 percent. Those rates are 2.2 percent now.' âIf everything works perfectly, it might be an OK idea. But usually, everything doesnât work perfectly.â 'A review of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development records shows that at least 185 school districts, towns and counties in the state have entered into derivatives deals with Wall Street since 2003, when state law was changed to explicitly allow the trades.' 'At least 31 states and District of Columbia face a combined budget shortfall of $24B this fiscal year, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington said Nov. 12. The estimate on Oct. 10 was $8.9B.' 'About 30 banks, brokers and insurance companies have been subpoenaed in the two-year probe, and at least nine individuals have disclosed theyâre targets of the investigation.'