NAFCU says banks still 'too big to fail,' calls for modern Glass-Steagall
NAFCU, in a new white paper released Wednesday, is calling for members of Congress to discussin order to protect consumers from banks that are too big to fail. The association is supportive of reform efforts that allow credit unions and other financial institutions to compete without putting consumers at risk.
"American families and small financial institutions are still recovering of the bank-led 2008 financial crisis. With support now on both sides of the political aisle, we believe Congress should seriously consider evaluating a modernized Glass-Steagall Act to reduce the impact of 'too big to fail,'" said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. "As we look to the future and economists hint at another recession on the horizon, we need to make sure history does not repeat itself. Wall Street banks cannot be allowed to bring the financial system – and a nation full of consumers – to ruin again."
In the report, NAFCU highlights that enacting a modern Glass-Steagall Act has bipartisan support – from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and which the administration has said it will consider. It also cites investigations into the cause of the 2008 financial crisis: the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 with the enactment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act led to weakened regulation and supervision of traditional banking and likely set the stage for the crisis.
"Federal deposit insurance should not be used to subsidize big banks’ reckless gambles with their consumers’ deposits," NAFCU states in the report. "Consumers should have confidence in the system and know that their financial institution cares more about maintaining a mutually-beneficial relationship with its consumers than allowing private investors to influence their decisions all in the name of profits."
A 21st century Glass-Steagall would:
- protect consumers against future financial crises and help end the policy of "too big to fail";
- ensure traditional depositories and community-based financial institutions can continue to thrive in a stable financial marketplace;
- reduce the regulatory inequalities and moral hazard that arises when large banks take risks on consumer deposits to generate profits; and
- improve overall financial stability in times of severe stress by separating commercial and investment banking.
The white paper offers NAFCU's vision for the future state of financial services, provides a detailed background on the Glass-Steagall Act and financial crisis, and outlines political and economic considerations for strengthening the financial system.
Download the full report.
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