Today, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed titled “Focusing on Bank Size, Missing the Real Problem.”
CFS Board Member and former Treasury Under Secretary Randal Quarles and I note how:
The new president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, Neel Kashkari, along with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Sherrod Brown believe that breaking up “too big to fail” institutions or turning them into regulated utilities is the only way the country can be confident that the 2008 bailouts won’t be repeated.
This proposal is misguided.
We offer three solutions:
– Facilitate orderly liquidation of failing or failed banks.
– Adopt a monetary policy rule to reduce the incentive for banks to take dangerous risks.
– Fully measure and evaluate the impact of Dodd-Frank before arbitrarily taking an ax to big banks and irreparably damaging the economy.