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When trust in the financial system disappears, panic sets in: fire sales of financial assets and bank runs can make the entire system collapse. Taxpayers are forced to bail out “too-big-to-fail” institutions to protect essential economic functions (deposits, credit, payment systems).

Mitigating implicit “moral hazard” requires sound prudential policies protecting essential banking services from excessive risk-taking and maintaining adequate capital levels to cover possible losses. Well-resourced, and independent supervision is also key. Finally, prudential regulation must also respond to new risks related to digitalisation (see “Digital Finance”) and climate change (see climate risk under “Sustainable Finance”).

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Position paper

Separating fact and fiction – Note on the Bank Structural Reform

A Finance Watch note looking at some of the confusing and contradictory arguments made against regulating the structure of the largest, too-big-to-fail, too-complex-to-manage-and-regulate and too-connected-to-fail banks.

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