The FDIC’s Brand New Job

March 26, 2009

Steve Waldman puts his finger on the mission-creep problem at the FDIC:

It’s as if an insurance company that ordinarily refuses to cover homes in hurricane states suddenly offered policies only to purchasers looking to build homes on Gulf-coast barrier islands.

Waldman in general does a great job at explaining how the FDIC’s new insurance is an entirely different animal from its old insurance — for one thing, entire banks don’t need to go bust before it kicks in. The FDIC was good at its old job. But that’s no reason to believe it’ll be good at its new one, too.

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