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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Report: Treasury Secretary to Chair Systemic Risk Council

by Calculated Risk on 2/17/2010 09:41:00 PM

From Sewell Chan at the NY Times: Agreement Near on New Overseer of Banking Risks

The Senate and the Obama administration are nearing agreement on forming a council of regulators, led by the Treasury secretary, to identify systemic risk to the nation’s financial system, officials said Wednesday.
The effect would be to diminish the authority of the Federal Reserve ... Ben S. Bernanke, is willing to go along with a Treasury-led council.
I can just imagine a council in 2004 and 2005 led by ex-Treasury Secretary John Snow with Alan Greenspan as Vice Chair. Yeah, that would have worked well ...

James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed, thinks this will fail:
“If [Bernanke]’s giving up, it’s because he’s somehow making some calculations about what the realities are,” Mr. Bullard said.

“But I’m telling you, this business of how we’re going to give this to a committee and we’re going to have an effective response to the next crisis. That is a joke.”