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Former FDIC Chief Slams Final Financial Reform Bill

Former FDIC Chief Slams Final Financial Reform Bill

July 8, 2010

By Paul Barton for Capitol News Connection

WASHINGTON — The final financial regulatory reform legislation produced by a Congressional conference committee qualifies as more charade than real change, says William Isaac, former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a frequent consultant to Congress on banking matters.

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Volcker: New Government Powers Won’t Be Able To Dismantle Megabanks; Too Big To Fail Lives Despite Reform Bill

Volcker: New Government Powers Won’t Be Able To Dismantle Megabanks; Too Big To Fail Lives Despite Reform Bill

June 15, 2010

By Shahien Nasiripour for The Huffington Post

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker believes the centerpiece of the administration’s effort to end Too Big To Fail — the perception that the nation’s largest banks will always be bailed out when in trouble — will not actually apply to megabanks.

In a September 2009 speech on Wall Street, President Barack Obama said that the administration’s preferred way to dismantle failing systemically-important firms is a new “resolution authority” outside the normal bankruptcy process. The authority, which would enable regulators to wind down failing financial behemoths, “is intended to put an end to the idea that some firms are ‘too big to fail,'” Obama said.

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FDIC Veteran Digs In at Fifth Third

FDIC Veteran Digs In at Fifth Third

June 8, 2010

‘Time to Rebuild the House,’ Says New Chairman Mr. Isaac; Prominent Post for Critic of Bank Reform

By MATTHIAS RIEKER, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

NEW YORK—William Isaac has been a banker, regulator and critic of the financial-services industry for 40 years, and last month he was elected chairman of Fifth Third Bancorp, where he will help its transition from crisis management to healthy growth.

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Blunt indictment of a “senseless panic”

Blunt indictment of a “senseless panic”

May 26, 2010

By Allison Bisbey Colter for the American Banker

William Isaac, who led the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. from 1981 to 1985, thinks the panic that gripped financial markets in 2008 and the ensuing recession did not have to happen and that the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which was sold to Congress and the public as essential to calm the markets, actually did more harm than good.

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Former FDIC Chairman William Isaac Talks About Possible Cash Injections into Banks

Former FDIC Chairman William Isaac Talks About Possible Cash Injections into Banks

October 9, 2008

An interview of William Isaac by Susie Gharib for PBS

SUSIE GHARIB:In Washington, another plan is in the works to restore confidence in the nation’s financial system. The White House says Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is quote, “actively considering” making direct cash injections into American banks.

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