BoE's Haldane: "Too Big To Fail Is Far From Gone"
January 28, 2013 - 7:11pm
Authored by Andrew Haldane (Executive Director, Bank of England); originally posted at VoxEU, Have We Solved 'Too Big To Fail'? No. That is not my pessimistic verdict; it is the market’s. Prior to the crisis, the 29 largest global banks benefitted from just over one notch of uplift from the ratings agencies due to expectations of state support. Today, those same global leviathans benefit from around three notches of implied support. Expectations of state support have risen threefold since the crisis began. This translates into a large implicit subsidy to the world’s biggest banks in the form of lower funding costs and higher profits. Prior to the crisis, this amounted to tens of billions of dollars each year. Today, it is hundreds of billions (Haldane 2012). In other words, if the market’s expectations are to be believed, the regulatory response to the crisis has not plugged the 't...
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