Wednesday, February 23, 2011

They all know what is going on. Federal Reserve member breaks ranks and goes public...

Federal Reserve president breaks rank: This is the greatest risk to the U.S. economy

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Thomas Hoenig said U.S. regulators should avert another crisis by breaking up large financial institutions that pose a threat "to our capitalistic system."

"I am convinced that the existence of too-big-to-fail financial institutions poses the greatest risk to the U.S. economy," Hoenig said today in a speech in Washington. "They must be broken up. We must not allow organizations operating under the safety net to pursue high-risk activities and we cannot let large organizations put our financial system at risk."

Hoenig, the lone dissenter from every Fed meeting in 2010, has argued that the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. financial regulation since the Great Depression won't prevent the largest banks from taking excessive risks and increasing market share. Regulators, including the Fed, are implementing the law.


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