In Simon Johnson’s Economix blog post today, he insists that “the arguments in favor of keeping the global megabanks…are very weak or nonexistent.” Perhaps Mr. Johnson hasn’t considered the following points.
Financial institutions of all sizes are critically important to our economy. Large institutions provide significant and unique value – in the sheer size of credits they can deliver, in the array of products and services they can provide, and their geographic reach – that smaller institutions simply cannot. Such capabilities are particularly important to large, globally active corporations and contribute directly to economic growth and job creation. Breaking up even well-managed and well-capitalized large banking companies would merely send the business of globally active corporations to foreign banks – forfeiting our nation’s status as a global financial leader and the jobs that go with them.
Large institutions active in many markets across the globe also help integrate global stock, bond, and foreign exchange markets, making those markets more modern, liquid, and efficient. And large, globally active institutions help make credit and other financial products and services more available in emerging market economies, expanding trade flows, opening foreign markets to U.S. goods and services, thereby bolstering economic growth and job creation.
An economy of the size and complexity of the U.S. economy needs financial institutions of all sizes, business models, and market strategies – including large, diversified, globally active banks. And to remain a global economic leader, we must not allow politically convenient rhetoric to bury this truth.
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