Summary of The Bankers’ New Clothes

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Bankers today have persuaded regulators, politicians and themselves that they need entire wardrobes of bailouts, subsidies and debt. Otherwise, they caution, the entire economy could be in peril. Professor of finance and economics Anat Admati and economist Martin Hellwig shred the fabric of bankers’ arguments. They explain in everyday language and with simple examples – which are, at times, repetitive – the contradictions and errors that keep society on the hook for banks’ excessive risk taking. getAbstract recommends their fresh take on the too-big-to-fail problem to executives, bankers and policy makers searching for the naked truth. And if the banking emperors insist they have new post-bailout clothes on, just tell them what you really see: the same old trappings that exposed them to trouble in the first place.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the global banking system remains fragile and unstable,
  • Why banks must raise more equity and borrow less, and
  • What steps bank regulators should take to avoid another near-meltdown of the financial sector.

About the Authors

Anat Admati is a professor of finance and economics at Stanford University. Martin Hellwig is director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.



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Since the 2008 financial panic, bankers have lobbied lawmakers and the public against serious reform of the taxpayer-rescued and once-again profitable financial industry. They blame the crisis on a “fluke” – a one-off occurrence – and advocate against stricter regulations...

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