William K. Black's Proposal for “Systemically Dangerous Institutions”

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William K. Black's Proposal for “Systemically Dangerous Institutions”

Pretty interesting proposal pulled off of Washington's Blog via The Market Ticker

William K. Black's Proposal for “Systemically Dangerous Institutions”

 

William K. Black
Associate Professor of Economics and Law
University of Missouri – Kansas City

[email protected]

September 10, 2009

The Obama administration is continuing the Bush administration policy of refusing to comply with the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) law. Both administrations twisted a deeply flawed doctrine – “too big to fail” – into a policy enshrining crony capitalism.

Historically, “too big to fail” was a misnomer – large, insolvent banks and S&Ls were placed in receivership and their “risk capital” (shareholders and subordinated debtholders) received nothing. That treatment is fair, minimizes the costs to the taxpayers, and minimizes “moral hazard.” “Too big to fail” meant only that they were not placed in liquidating receiverships (akin to a Chapter 7 “liquidating” bankruptcy). In this crisis, however, regulators have twisted the term into immunity. Massive insolvent banks are not placed in receivership, their senior managers are left in place, and the taxpayers secretly subsidize their risk capital. This policy is indefensible. It is also unlawful. It violates the Prompt Corrective Action law. If it is continued it will cause future crises and recurrent scandals.

On October 16, 2006, Chairman Bernanke delivered a speech explaining why regulators must not allow banks with inadequate capital to remain open.
http://federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/bernanke20061016a.htm
Capital regulation is the cornerstone of bank regulators' efforts to maintain a safe and sound banking system, a critical element of overall financial stability. For example, supervisory policies regarding prompt corrective action are linked to a bank's leverage and risk-based capital ratios. Moreover, a strong capital base significantly reduces the moral hazard risks associated with the extension of the federal safety net.

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http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/09/william-k-black-banks-posing-syst...


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Re: William K. Black's Proposal for “Systemically ...

My opinion of a few "Systematically Dangerous Institutions":

JPMorganChase

Bank of America

Government Motors

Freddie Mac

Fannie Mae

Government Sachs.

AIG

Any others?

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