I favor simple minimum-liquidity requirements to limit the degree to which long-term assets can be financed with short-term liabilities. As a result, long-term risks imbedded in balance sheets were not assessed, quantified or managed. Prudential regulation ensures that a financial organization has adequate financial safeguards, sound policies and procedures and robust internal controls, along with a strong governance structure to set clear objectives and to monitor those objectives.
The most egregious example probably is the wafer thin spreads paid by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over Treasuries. He was fearful that regulatory efforts to maintain systemic stability would be too costly.
The failure to appropriately value these risks meant that firms had not taken measures to mitigate the potential impact of a downturn.
We need to learn from the events of the last four years if we are to successfully combat future crises that might arise.
Somewhat surprisingly, a banking industry official at the conference disagreed, saying that this was exactly the wrong prescription. However, capital is not designed to similarly protect subordinated debt.
We have learned that we need a credible system of market discipline in which investors recognize the real possibilities of loss and set prices accordingly. And these stability and growth benefits accrue to everyone, including the banking industry. This is a tall order, indeed, but I believe that we are on a path to a more effective structure that will ultimately help us create a more stable and resilient financial system, which is better able to withstand a future crisis.
What would market equilibrium look like without the too-big-to-fail psychology? Even after the recession had ended, both inflation and payroll employment dropped substantially for another 18 months. Combating Systemic Instability with Prudential Regulation But this certainly does not let us off the hook when it comes to fostering financial stability.
For example, one study that looked at what would have happened if the funds rate had been boosted by basis points in found it would have only reduced residential investment by one-quarter percent of GDP.
Stern,Too Big to Fail: And over one million additional jobs had been lost since the end of the recession. But with prudential regulation too there are caveats. Thank you, Dimitri, for that very kind introduction.
In order to control these potential risks, policymakers must take resolute action, and this action must be taken early. That is, our attempts to counter a hypothetical future bubble would end up weakening our efforts to achieve the stabilization benefits embodied in the dual mandate.
At a minimum, market discipline is a vital element in our defenses. The banks would give very good arguments why their business was well controlled. Our charge is to wisely apply the lessons learned over the past four years. My conclusion is that monetary policy is the right tool to achieve our goals for economic growth and price stability, and that its effectiveness at achieving these goals should not be compromised by additional mandates.
Furthermore, real estate prices were rising, delinquencies were almost nonexistent, and various hedges were implemented. The fundamental defense against excessive risk-taking by financial intermediaries is that their creditors demand adequate risk premiums against those states of the world where the intermediaries take losses.
In doing so, Chairman Bernanke and the Fed drew on lessons from the Great Depression, from the Japanese experiences in the s, and from a vast amount of economic research, 1 all of which point to the critical role of central bank liquidity provision in managing financial crises.
Additional safeguards are necessary, and the best of such safeguards are simple regulatory principles that require minimal discretion in their real-time execution. Earlier work by Friedman and Schwartz also pointed to the role of central bank liquidity for financial and economic stabilization.
To take a concrete example, consider the period following the end of the recession.
Capital protects the most senior debt of the firm, ensuring that it is low risk. Rather, the Federal Reserve and other governmental bodies have an additional tool—prudential regulation. Creditors need to expect losses if a firm they lend to gets in trouble. I think this is a short-sighted position.
Are these developments evidence of an incipient bubble? An obvious example would be substantial minimum capital requirements, perhaps increasing with the size of the firm.
A somewhat more complicated way to apply capital standards would be to require state-contingent debt that automatically converts to equity in a crisis situation. If these conditions are met, then the organization will have the tools to operate in a safe and sound manner.
A bottom-line message should be: The difference would be that the spreads of even highly rated securities would be larger than in a too-big-to-fail regime, reflecting their true levels of risk. This is known as the dual mandate.The financial crisis resulted from an excess of debt, both private and public in western countries.
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the financial turmoil we endured from through ranks as a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. The unprecedented stresses during this crisis required unprecedented policy responses.
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