Suppose that a systemically important financial institution (the official designation, now in true DC style the acronym SIFI) actually fails. Do we get a financial crisis? Are owners/creditors punished for endangering the economic system or partly/largely bailed out by loans/transfers from taxpayers? A few days ago here in Chicago, the acting chair of the FDIC, Martin Gruenberg, spoke to the Chicago Fed about how the FDIC would “systemic resolve” a failing SIFI without endangering the financial system while actually placing losses on those who own and are owned by the institution. Speech here.
I am glad the work is proceeding. If, . . oops I mean . . . when we end up in the next financial crisis, we will at least have a plan. And an ex ante plan may help reduce the frequency of crises. As Gruenberg said, “developing a credible capacity to place a systemically important financial institution into an orderly resolution process is essential to subjecting these companies to meaningful market discipline. “