Fed’s focus on ‘too big to fail’ won’t save taxpayers from next bank bailout

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Fed’s focus on ‘too big to fail’ won’t save taxpayers from next bank bailout Oz Shy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Last month, the Federal Reserve announced that 31 out of 33 U.S. banks had passed its latest “stress test,” designed to ensure that the largest financial institutions have enough capital to withstand a severe economic shock. Passing the test amounts to being given a clean bill of health by the Fed. So are taxpayers – who were on the hook for the initial US$700 billion TARP bill to bail out the banks in 2008 – now safe? Yes, but only…


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