Now raising intellectual capital
from Rolfe Winkler:
So, wow, the Obama administration has reacted very quickly -- perhaps too quickly -- post the Massachusetts Senate election. After proposing a tax on bank liabilities, Obama is taking an even tougher line, adopting recommendations from Paul Volcker that banks be limited in their size and scope.
Before getting to specifics, it's worth noting how Geithner and Summers appear to have lost favor. In the preamble to the proposal, Obama mentions neither of them. And when he announced the plan he did so with Volcker and Bill Donaldson standing behind him...Geithner and Summers were off to the side. Could the duo be headed for the exit?
But back to the proposals themselves. Unfortunately they are very vague:
1. Limit the Scope - The President and his economic team will work with Congress to ensure that no bank or financial institution that contains a bank will own, invest in or sponsor a hedge fund or a private equity fund, or proprietary trading operations unrelated to serving customers for its own profit.
In his prepared remarks, Obama called this first proposal the "Volcker Rule,"
2. Limit the Size - The President also announced a new proposal to limit the consolidation of our financial sector. The Presidentâ€™s proposal will place broader limits on the excessive growth of the market share of liabilities at the largest financial firms, to supplement existing caps on the market share of deposits.
from Rolfe Winkler:
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MUST READ -- Strict framework leaves room for maneuver (Masters/Jenkins, FT) While this subject may seem a little dry, it's the Basel Committee in Switzerland that will lead the way when it comes to how banks measure capital and how much they need to have. I'll offer more detailed thoughts on this later today.
Saab to be shuttered (Reuters wire) More creative destruction in the auto industry. In the end, the best Saab could do was sell the intellectual property for the 9-5 and 9-3 sedans...