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

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ICBA: Survey Shows Americans Want Washington to Address Too-Big-To-Fail Problem Press Release 03/21/13
ICBA: Evidence Mounting against Too-Big-To-Fail Press Release 03/18/13
ICBA: Senate Report Shows Continued Threat of Too-Big-To-Fail Press Release 03/15/13
ICBA Stands with Sens. Brown and Vitter Against Wall Street Spin Machine Press Release 03/11/13
Too Big to Jail? Press Release 01/24/13
ICBA Backs Dallas Fed Plan to Restructure Too-Big-To-Fail Firms Addressing Systemic Risks, Reinforcing Market Discipline Needed for Long-Term Stability Press Release 01/17/13

Letters to Congress

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Letters to Regulators

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