Friday, May 29, 2009

The Need For Failure - Forbes.com

The Need For Failure - Forbes.com: "First, the very notion of 'too big to fail' is dangerous. It suggests that there is an insurance policy that says, no matter how risky your behavior, we will make sure you stay in business. It encourages banks to get bigger (or more interconnected), and it subsidizes risky behavior.

Second, it leaves ambiguous the important issue of who gets protected in the event of insolvency--the equity holders, creditors, subordinated debt holders, etc. It seems fair to say that the solutions that have developed on the fly have done severe damage to the notion that there is a well-ordered capital structure that means something."

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