Instead Of Bailing Out Broken Banks, Why Not Build New Banks?
from the thinking-out-of-the-box dept
This certainly has some appeal. The idea is that you wouldn't be rewarding shareholders in the original banks and also wouldn't be allowing the entire capital engine to seize -- and, on the flip side, you also might be rewarding the shareholders of the new banks (the American taxpayer). However, there's also tremendous risk in doing this. In effect, it's something like building a new airplane from within a troubled airplane that's flying at 40,000 feet, getting it to fly from the air, and then moving people from the troubled airplane to the new one. There's an awful lot that can go wrong. Also, in doing this in such a rapid fashion, when it's still not entirely clear what all the root causes of this crisis are, you run the risk of simply transferring the core problems to these new banks (basically taking the problems from the first airplane to the second, if we continue the analogy). Then you end up spending $700 billion to basically create a new set of troubled banks that are even more confusing, because they were put together in a rush. So, while it's an interesting idea, it seems like it would present some significant problems as well.