Comments on: The systemic threat posed by megabanks http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Dogma http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6121 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 21:25:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6121 How about we promote small regional banks and boutique investment firms. Allow them to be competitive with the larger firms and allow the market to determine where deposits go. Allow private equity to be real participants in these bank takeovers. Increase market competition and level the playing field for everyone, thats how you deal with too big to fail nonsense. Promoting a tax on large deposit institutions that you feel are to large will only increase the cost to people holding deposits in those institutions. For the life of me I can understand where you come up with these nonsense ideas, I know you play to the populist tendency of your readers, but have some common sense. BTW they already pay fees to the FDIC, look how well that has worked out. Government solves nothing!

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By: PM http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6120 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 21:15:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6120 Didn’t everyone get the memo – we’re suppsoed to let corporations take in a bunch of conusmer money, redistribute it to the top 5% of their employees, then fail, threaten the country with oblivion, get government bailouts to stabilize their finances, and then repeat the whole process on a bigger scale.

Any interference with that cycle is socialist. The government has no business interfering/regulating unless said interference is to give the companies more money. Any other interference makes it harder for the companies to make even more money, which is clearly anti-American.

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By: just a person http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6113 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:41:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6113 So once again Felix Salmon looks at the facts, puts some of them together and, in this case, makes intelligent observation about bank size. And then once again I find inane comments about socialism infecting the United States from readers who have no understanding of history, no knowledge based in fact and no ability to keep their (truly) stupid comments to themselves. We are quickly becoming a nation so far from “exceptional” that it stuns me. But thanks for trying to inform, Mr. Salmon. Too bad about all of the deaf ears who appear to read you, however.

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By: mutant_dog http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6112 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:06:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6112 Small banks fail, because their geographic diversification is weak. Truly national banks, of the TBTF class, tend to have loans out everywhere they operate, so they have that weakness covered.

TBTF banks are a systemic risk only inasmuch as they have trading and securitization divisions.

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By: RetSav http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6111 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:54:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6111 Have there ever been examples of a banking system with tiered fees based on assets or some other category? I think it would be tough to implement when the lobby is heavily tilted to the largest banks.

This may be a complete non-starter, but would it be possible to force the banks over the deposit cap limit to rent their excess deposits out to other banks?

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By: Phillip Huggan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6110 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:46:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6110 “Maybe the idea of having essential foodstuff in stock for – say – six months to meet a “money problem” is not that bad at all, but do not mention that too loudly.”

Very very good idea. Means building grain storage elevators (shovelling cement at -40C isn’t fun though) and the grain turning and cooling machinery. Costs around 2% of grain price to store annually.

Some bank business lines are more important than others. I like small business loans more than I like farm loans (say grain storage equipment and credits) more than low income (transit) loans more than capital equipment loans more than distressed public University R+D more than commercial real estate more than bloated home loans more than car loans more than derivatives “innovations”. Maybe the correct strategy is to get a good ratio of small business to derivatives activities and charge a tax/deposit for being so creatively innovative?

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By: Arne Rathjen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6106 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:21:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6106 Welcome to USA = United Socialist Americas. It was always a demand of socialists that major industries / banks get nationalized, this system secured by a vast surveillance bureucracy, and financed by the miraculous money making machine – a big computer producing a few additional zeros.

What happens if socialism is introduced in Sahara ?
Sand becomes rare.

Maybe the idea of having essential foodstuff in stock for – say – six months to meet a “money problem” is not that bad at all, but do not mention that too loudly.

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By: dWj http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6102 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:06:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6102 I don’t think the 10% rule was ever slated for obsolescence, but it seemed better to have JPM buy BSC and WM than not to have a buyer — in part because JPM is in good shape right now. Similarly WFC. (The Lewis-Thain experiment in tying two rocks together to see whether they float makes somewhat less sense to me, even on expediency grounds.)

That JPM and WFC look solid right now is very good, but a problem with a TBTF bank is unsolvable by the time it’s evident, and we should certainly go about encouraging them to shrink before they look shaky. Gary Becker suggested (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1237598 49467801485.html) that reserve requirements scale faster than linearly as banks get big, which seems to address exactly the point. For the time being, though, it might make sense to lower reserve requirements for smaller banks, rather than raise them for larger ones; in any case, there’s no good reason to put off aligning the private incentives with the public costs, which are obviously much higher for very large banks.

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By: Jon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6100 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 14:05:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6100 Yay! More government control! Just what we need. They do such a fantastic job now, let’s give them even more power! You are brainwashed Felix.

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By: Henri Tournyol du Clos http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/comment-page-1/#comment-6098 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:43:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/08/31/the-systemic-threat-posed-by-megabanks/#comment-6098 Please, Felix. By international standards, the US credit market is unduly fragmented, due to legislation dating back to the local equivalent of the Middle Ages. Banks have a small market share each and their individual balance sheet is ridiculously small. This makes for a highly dysfunctional, lopsided and instable banking system, which has had to unduly rely on securitisation to operate, which in the end put us all in this mess we’re in. Oh, and that the FDIC is an institution meant for regulating small banks is quite irrelevant to the argument. Fix the b….y FDIC instead of preventing needed industry consolidation. Merge it with some of the umpteen other regulatory midgets that are supposed to regulate banking and financial markets, but don’t, and have proved their total irrelevance and ineptitude.

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