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Improving Resolution Options for Systemically Relevant Financial Institutions

A Squam Lake Working Group Paper

Author: Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation

Improving Resolution Options for Systemically Relevant Financial Institutions - improving-resolution-options-for-systemically-relevant-financial-institutions

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date October 2009

8 pages

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Overview

There are critical holes in the existing regulatory framework for handling large complex financial institutions that become impaired. This uncertainty makes it difficult for regulators to know the best way to restructure a financial institution or, indeed, whether restructuring is even feasible without enormous disruption. This Working Paper, the seventh in the Squam Lake Working Group series distributed by the Center for Geoeconomic Studies, endorses legislation that would give authorities the necessary powers to effect an orderly resolution of large complex financial institutions. As part of this authority, every such institution should be required to create its own rapid resolution plans, which would be subject to periodic regulatory scrutiny. These “living wills” would help authorities address the difficulties that might arise in a resolution.

More About This Publication

The Squam Lake Working Group on Financial Regulation is a nonpartisan, nonaffiliated group of fifteen academics who have come together to offer guidance on the reform of financial regulation.

The group first convened in fall 2008, amid the deepening capital markets crisis. Although informed by this crisis—its events and the ongoing policy responses—the group is intentionally focused on longer-term issues. It aspires to help guide reform of capital markets—their structure, function, and regulation. This guidance is based on the group's collective academic, private sector, and public policy experience.

To achieve its goal, the Squam Lake Working Group is developing a set of principles and their implications that are aimed at different parts of the financial system: at individual firms, at financial firms collectively, and at the linkages that connect financial firms to the broader economy.

The members of the group are

Martin N. Baily
Brookings Institution

Andrew B. Bernard
Dartmouth College

John Y. Campbell
Harvard University

John H. Cochrane
University of Chicago

Douglas W. Diamond
University of Chicago

Darrell Duffie
Stanford University

Kenneth R. French
Dartmouth College

Anil K Kashyap
University of Chicago

Frederic S. Mishkin
Columbia University

Raghuram G. Rajan
University of Chicago

David S. Scharfstein*
Harvard University

Robert J. Shiller
Yale University

Hyun Song Shin
Princeton University

Matthew J. Slaughter
Dartmouth College

Jeremy C. Stein
Harvard University

René M. Stulz
Ohio State University

*David Scharfstein withdrew from the group when he accepted a position at the Treasury Department in September 2009.

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