No, the FCIC is not reviewing the book. Instead, its tackling the topic with its preliminary report on the question that many find Too Big To Answer: what do we do so that firms can fail or how do we stop them taking advantage of the fact that they can’t? Here is the report. Very interesting reading. And I post it along with the link to Bernanke’s testimony before the FCIC yesterday, which, as always, is both clear and deep. A nice quote:
Few governments will accept devastating economic costs if a rescue can be conducted at a lesser cost; even if one Administration refrained from rescuing a large, complex firm, market participants would believe that others might not refrain in the future. Thus, a promise not to intervene in and of itself will not solve the problem.
And on the new strategies to address TBTF: 1) new Basel capital and liquidity regulations, 2) improve the ability to rapidly resolve/liquidate a large firm, and 3) greater systemic resilience through for example transparency (clearinghouses and exchanges instead of OTC, penalizing corporate complexity).