Too Big to Fail: The Hazards of Bank Bailouts · Read more Too Simple to Fail: A Case for Educational Change How Big Banks Fail and What to Do about It. Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin, is probably the best and most detailed account of the collapse of the financial system. Unlike many other books on. PDF | At least since the Global Financial Crisis of , the problem of too- big-to-fail (TBTF) has received widespread attention. The research conducted in .
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Sorkin skillfully captures the raucous enthusiasm and riotous greed that fueled this rational irrationality. A deeply researched account of the financial meltdown. Other blow-by-blow accounts are in the works. It is hard to imagine them being this riveting. Andrew Ross Sorkin is the award-winning chief mergers and acquisitions reporter for The New York Times , a columnist, and assistant editor of business and finance news. He is also the editor and founder of DealBook, an online daily financial report.
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According to Sorkin, the financial downturn that occurred in the summer of was actually years in the making. Now, U. I was actually very impressed by how well written this book is. Andrew Ross Sorkin is a highly knowledgeable financial journalist who is also a very gifted storyteller.
He writes with prose that is both clear and concise. He makes highly complex financial matters easy to understand by explaining them with a minimum of technical jargon. Overall, I found it a very enjoyable and informative reading experience.
Highly recommended. Paperback Verified download. This book provides a fly-on-the-wall narration of the shocking and momentous events on Wall Street in , especially the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, and the at times inconsistent reactions by government agencies including the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, the SEC, and the FDIC.
Andrew Ross Sorkin has collected reams of information about what went on in the boardrooms of numerous corporations and he recounts copious phone calls, meetings, and interrupted vacations to provide a fascinating, at times gossipy, at times wonky look at this unprecedented time in the economic life of the republic. If there is short shrift given to some of the detail behind, say, the commercial real estate loan portfolio of Lehman Brothers or, say, the Financial Products of AIG, he more than makes up for it with detailed transcripts of meetings and phone calls which show just how unprepared Wall Street executives and government officials were to deal with a crisis the size and scope of which were as mystifyingly arcane as the contents of those synthetic collateralized debt obligations.
You might not come away from this book understanding why things blew up, but you will definitely know when, where, and how they did. Hardcover Verified download. I downloadd this book in hardcover, and it was Too Big To Hold. Then downloadd it in kindle form and nearly found it Too Big To Read. Actually, I read it cover to cover, and it is a very extensive and detailed account of the events.
Minute by minute coverage.
It was difficult to keep all the players and what firms they were with in mind. To my delight, the players themselves had the same problem with who's who and from where.
A real Cecil B. The movie did not and could not do justice to the book. This is a tremendous book. I followed the Street's near disaster in as it happened, so I had some background knowledge of the principal players and events. But Sorkin blew me away with the fascinating detail he gathered, first as the lead reporter for the New York Times and then a gazillion interviews with the players major and minor. He recreated all the key meetings, phone conversations and even the thinking of the key people.
He tells the story event by event, and I found myself staying up late at night to read the next chapter s. Sorkin is a very good writer and tells his story very well. The only minor quibble I had was the way he described almost every meeting and conversation as "agitated" or "frustrated" or some similar adjective; maybe they all were, but it was repetitive after a while.
But this is a minor criticism of a very good book. It now is eight years past the crash, but this is still a fascinating story and tells a lot about the mindset of Wall Street that we should keep in mind as President-elect Trump tries to loosen government regulations and oversight of the Street. I've read this again. I read it at the time it was published and while I didn't understand every word I still learned a huge amount from it.
Now that it's ten years since those events I chose to read it again. I work in finance as a lawyer and so my understand of markets and products has greatly but guess what? The book was just as great second time around. ARS has also done some recent interviews with the stakeholders from those days with Cnbc and I would highly recommend viewing them on that app or YouTube.
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What other items do customers download after viewing this item? Bad Blood: Following this line of thought, a second normative objection to TBTF is that systemically empowered megabanks might be able to escape the kind of regulation and legal sanctions that apply to them.
The problem is that regulators and policy makers fear for the systemic implications of prosecuting and imposing the hefty fines mandated by the law on these megabanks, since this might threaten their 18 This argument is of course familiar from John Rawls, A Theory of Justice. In his initial testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 6 , Attorney General Eric Holder explicitly expressed the concern that the size of some of these [financial] institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy.
And I think that is a function of the fact that some of these institutions have become too large [ I think it has an inhibiting influence — [an] impact on our ability to bring resolutions that I think would be more appropriate. The fact that TBTF financial institutions to a certain extent operate in a domain outside the rule of law is clearly a serious injustice in its own right.
However, 20 Republican Staff, p. Since , 80 Swiss banks have admitted helping U. But the U. By contrast, in , Credit Suisse was able too keep its U. If financial regulation ensures no bank is so big that it cannot be shut down, then tax evasion could be curbed significantly. We can call this third normative objection to TBTF: the tax evasion objection.
Finally, a fourth objection to TBTF is that systemically important financial institutions come to exercise an elusive and largely hidden background influence on the direction of economic policy, because policy makers are forced to take prospective bailouts of such banks into account and thus make room on the public balance sheets for the eventuality of having to backstop those banks in a crisis.
This claim — which we can call the fiscal hostage-taking objection — is forcefully advanced by Mark Blyth in his book Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Having already bailed out the banks, we have to make sure that there is room on the public balance sheet to backstop them. The claim is that not only do TBTF financial institutions distort and destabilise markets and escape the grasp of regulators and prosecutors, making it close to impossible to effectively combat illegal tax evasion; according to Blyth, the mere existence of these financial behemoths also functions as a fiscal stranglehold on public budgets, which are reconstituted as permanent public cushions for private megabanks, and which are therefore subject to permanent fiscal consolidation and cuts in public spending.
Second, in virtue of the need to make room on public budgets for backstopping systemically important megabanks the fiscal hostage-taking objection , TBTF financial institutions compel states to consolidate their finances and cut public expenditures. Third, in virtue of enabling the wealthiest citizens to evade their taxes and imposing a constant downward pressure on public spending, TBTF financial institutions exacerbate income inequality between wealth owners and those dependent on public transfers.
Now, I want to argue that the moral hazard objection, the TBTJ objection, the tax evasion objection and the fiscal hostage-taking objection to TBTF can all be construed as expressions of a more general objection — a master objection to TBTF, as it were — which I will call the systemic democratic disempowerment SDD objection.
Systemic democratic disempowerment is unjust, I argue, because the immense power that systemic financial institutions wield over public institutions and the democratic constituencies they represent violates a principle of justice that I call the principle of public-institutional nondomination.
The positive normative content of the principle is that public institutions of democratic government must enjoy the effective capacity to exercise control over the whole basic structure of society — including, by implication, all social systems within that structure.
If public institutions are in any way inhibited in their ability to exercise effective democratic control over significant parts of the basic structure, and if those inhibitions do not derive from other democratically legitimate or otherwise justified public institutions, justice demands that those inhibitions be abolished.
Note that the injustice in question here does not simply concern the domination that Deutsche Bank or HSCBC wield over the German and the British governments; rather, my claim is that systemic democratic disempowerment should be understood as a systemic injustice. Systemic democratic 29 I leave open here whether such other justifications exist. Accordingly, I also remain noncommittal as to whether a principle of national self-determination in non-democratic form represents a justified from a counterpower to public institutions of democratic government, and thus whether non-democratically nation-states represent a justified form of counterpower.
Therefore, the concern with the dominating power of megabanks should ultimately be construed as a concern with a financial system that systematically produces such megabanks.
Elsewhere, he discusses how multinational corporations may dominate citizens as private individuals.
My account of TBTF as a systemic injustice allows us to appreciate how megabanks come do dominate public institutions of democratic government in virtue of being empowered by features of the financial system that are specific to the existing financial system: namely, by the rules, norms and regulations of a financial system that has actively supported the emergence of financial institutions so large, complex, highly leveraged and deeply interconnected with other institutions in the system that they become TBTF.
Moreover, by distinguishing between the financial system, the economic system and the political system, we can appreciate precisely how the power of TBTF financial institutions ultimately derives not only from their inherent structural vulnerability, but also from the deep dependence of the economic and the political system on the existing financial system. Note that my account of TBTF as a systemic injustice also avoids painting a hyperbolic picture of democratic governments as completely in thrall to all- powerful private bankers and billionaires, as one finds, for example, in the — often manifestly anti-Semitic — conspiracy theories about the Hungarian-American George Soros as a nefarious puppet-master, who secretly controls governments and the global economy from behind the scenes.
Some economists argue that in many cases of supposedly TBTF banks being bailed out by governments, subsequent analysis has shown that the failure of those institutions would not actually have brought down the financial system and that the justification for the bailout was therefore invalid. Others ague that the long-term benefits of banking crises outweigh their short-term costs, and that large banks should therefore be allowed to fail, even if it creates momentary disruptions to the financial system, because the failure of those banks ultimately reflects their inherent weaknesses.
First, even if it were true that TBTF is an illusion, the mere fact that it is uncertain whether the failure of a bank will lead to a collapse in the financial system is sufficient to systemically empower 36 For an account of the distinction between the ability to do x and the costs of doing x, see G.
In other words, my claim is that it need not be true as a matter of causality that the failure of bank x will inevitably lead to the collapse of the financial system, but that the epistemic opacity concerning these causal relationships is sufficient to justify the objections to TBTF that I have pressed in this article. Second, however, it is simply demonstrably false that the failure of TBTF banks will not bring down the financial system, as evident from the catastrophic fall- out of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy declared on 15 September The problem that governments were facing in was simply not reducible to a few bad banks; rather, it was and remains ultimately a systemic problem.
Let me register a final objection to the systemic injustice of TBTF. I conclude this article with a brief and inevitably somewhat cursory review of the policy mix of reforms that might be necessary to abolish the systemic injustice of TBTF. Each of these reforms targets features of TBTF financial institutions discussed in this article: namely, 1 their size, 2 leverage ratios, 3 complexity and 4 interconnectedness.
Finally, I discuss whether these reforms are collectively sufficient to eliminate systemic risk, or whether further and more dramatic steps might also be necessary. Indeed, the concentration of assets in the hands of a few megabanks is a crucial aspect of TBTF, which, as we saw in section 1, has been driven by a number of transformations of the financial system over the last four decades. On closer inspection, however, breaking up the banks is not likely to be sufficient or even necessarily amongst the most urgent reforms on its own.
The worry is that breaking up massive and structurally vulnerable banks into smaller institutions will not necessarily solve the TBTF problem, since those smaller institutions might still be big enough to cause a financial crisis if they remain sufficiently leveraged, complex and interconnected.
Breaking up the banks should therefore be considered a necessary but insufficient component of a policy mix to abolish TBTF financial institutions. In this context, two reform proposals are particularly urgent: abolishing the reliance on risk-weighed assets and internal risk models of the Basel Accords, and introducing much higher capital requirements.
Unfortunately, this problem has not been addressed in Basel III, although studies have shown that leverage ratios relying on total assets rather than risk-weighed assets were a much better predictor of bank failure in both the US and the EU.
In spite of the fact that an overleveraged financial system was widely perceived to be a central contributing factor to the financial crisis, a McKinsey report found that the global economy has only become more leveraged since , with an increase in the ratio of global debt to GDP of 17 percentage points. The complexity of both individual banks and the financial system as a whole must be reduced, in order limit the risk of contagion and spill-over effects from one part of the system to another, which is an important contributing factor to the problem of TBTF.
In particular, in order to reduce complexity and introduce a much higher degree of transparency in the financial sector, it is necessary to introduce impenetrable ring-fencing between commercial banks retail banking and investment banks wholesale banking. In the US, the Glass-Steagall Act, which was introduced in in order to forbid commercial banks from engaging in investment banking and vice versa, was gradually weakened and eventually repealed in The Liikanen Report likewise proposed the separation of deposit-taking banks from risky proprietary trading within universal banks in Europe, although these proposals have 35 not been adopted.
However, while these reforms are arguably necessary for reducing the risks of spill-over from one bank or part of the financial system to another, it is also likely necessary to introduce ring-fencing between domestic economies. Contrary to the tendency over the last four decades, capital flows across borders must thus to some extent be restricted in order to reduce the risk that a bank failure in one country will spread across the global financial system, as was so clearly the case in This might be done, for example, by requiring international banks to operate standalone subsidiaries in foreign countries, subject to the same rules and regulations as domestic banks.
As Adair Turner has argued, such requirements might indeed limit the free flow of capital, but they are likely to mostly limit short-term financial flows, which have few benefits and very high risks — especially for emerging-market economies.
However, if the argument of this article is sound — namely, that TBTF is not only a worry about economic efficiency, but also, in the first place, a systemic injustice concerning the dominating power of TBTF financial institutions over the public institutions of democratic government — the case for abolishing TBTF, even at considerable costs, is strengthened considerably.