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With so much already on their plate, financial regulators may not have had time to work out every detail on how to unwind their investments, according to George G. Kaufman, a finance professor at Chicago’s Loyola University and co-chair of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee.

“I think the administration spent so much time just working out the entrance strategy, given the crisis they were facing, to worry too much about the exit,” he said.

“It’s clearly a serious problem, but I would guess their attitude was that they would worry about the exit strategy later.”

Jon Ward contributed to this report.