Too Big to Fail & Systemic Risk (Including Systemic Risk)

The Wall Street financial crisis and government intervention of 2008 affirmed that the nation’s largest megabanks are “too big to fail”—so big and interconnected that the government will not allow them to fail.

As ICBA details in its “End Too-Big-To-Fail” study, too-big-to-fail distorts free markets, incentivizes risky behavior, leaves taxpayers on the hook, and creates unfair competitive advantages for the largest banks. Meanwhile, community banks face oppressive regulatory burdens as a direct result of megabank misdeeds.

A less concentrated and more diverse financial system would decrease systemic risk, improve competition and innovation, and increase the availability of consumer credit. ICBA and the nation’s community banks are dedicated to ending too-big-to-fail.

Articles & Press Releases

Agency Proposal Would Limit Impact of Megabank Failures

Apr 03, 2019
Federal regulators proposed a rule to limit the interconnectedness of large banking organizations and reduce the effect of their failure.

To discourage the largest banks from buying large quantities of “total loss-absorbing capacity” debt, the proposal would require these entities to hold additional capital against substantial holdings of TLAC debt.

Comments will be accepted for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

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Letters to Congress

Title Recipient Date
Senators Crapo and Brown
09/12/2017

Letters to Regulators

Title Recipient Date
Federal Reserve, OCC
06/12/2018
Federal Reserve, OCC
05/08/2018
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
01/17/2017
OCC, Federal Reserve, and FDIC
08/03/2016

Testimonies

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Summaries

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