Margaret Scott

The Eternal Life of America’s Megabanks

The world economy faces a major problem: the largest US banks are “too big to fail,” meaning that if one or more of them were in serious trouble, they would be saved by government action – because the consequences of inaction would be too scary. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s proposed approach to ending “too big to fail” – now taken up by Congress – will not work.

WASHINGTON, DC – The world economy faces a major problem: the largest banks in the United States remain “too big to fail,” meaning that if one or more of them were in serious trouble, they would be saved by government action – because the consequences of inaction are just too scary.

This problem is widely acknowledged, not just by officials but by bankers themselves. In fact, there is near unanimity that fixing it is a top policy priority. Even Jamie Dimon, the powerful head of the very large JP Morgan Chase, emphasizes that “too big to fail” must end.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s proposed approach to ending “too big to fail” – now taken up by the US Congress – will not work.

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