FT: Bair on Protecting Smaller Banks from Investor Nerves

Today, the Financial Times published Sheila Bair’s Opinion piece “Congress must act to protect smaller banks from investor nerves. Measures to shield operational business accounts, introduced during Covid, should be triggered urgently.”

While she does not believe that universal coverage for all accounts is the answer, she does advocate for using the Transaction Account Guarantee (or TAG programme). “To promote banking competition and mitigate concentrations of power, we need to help them protect their core business accounts. Congress needs to reinstate TAG.”

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Sheila Bair is a former chair of the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a senior fellow and Advisory Board member at the Center for Financial Stability.