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Friday, June 19, 2009

FDIC's Bair: 'Too Big to Fail' must end

by Calculated Risk on 6/19/2009 08:58:00 AM

From CNBC: 'Too Big to Fail' Doctrine Must End: FDIC's Bair

“Clearly, there has been moral hazard and lack of market discipline fed by the 'too big to fail' doctrine, and this in turn has been fed by the lack of resolution mechanism that really works for very large financial organizations and this has been a central focus of ours,” [Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp] said in an interview on CNBC.
“[Obama’s regulation is] a good opening to the process,” said Bair. “I commend the President for getting personally involved in this and taking leadership and putting his own considerable influence behind the efforts…We’re still analyzing the whitepaper and want to work with the administration and Congress constructively on this.”
“[The FDIC] is guaranteeing over $6 trillion right now,” she said. “The FDIC has tremendous exposure to the system so we would like a real say on systemic risk issues. [Reform overhaul] is an institutional issue, not a turf issue or a personality issue.”
"Still analyzing the whitepaper"?