Posts by Emily Eisenlohr

BREAK ‘EM UP Reason #9: Only TBTF Banks Sold Securitized Residential Mortgages

Not all large banks designated as “systemic” by Dodd-Frank expose taxpayers to investment banking’s trading risks. Only the largest are the ones packaging and trading derivatives and were “securitizing” and selling residential mortgage-backed securities. Securities trading, historically of bonds and equities, has always been an investment banking strength. However, financial engineering created new, more opaque…

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BREAK ‘EM UP Reason #8: Credit Default Swaps Are Insurance Masquerading as Derivatives

No product that was financially-engineered during the growth of the Great Bubble is as destructive as credit default swaps (CDSs). They are more insurance than derivatives. Only the largest banks trade them. Only a rather small percentage are cleared on central counterparty clearing platforms, despite Dodd-Frank. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and many in the…

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BREAK ‘EM UP Reason #6: Derivatives Trading Siphons Capital Out of the Banking Sector

  Derivatives credit management practices siphon capital out of the commercial banking deposit system, capital that could otherwise be used to support lending. Small and medium-sized businesses face enough headwinds from globalization and technology. They don’t need this assault on their ability to borrow. Derivative contracts can serve a useful purpose. They just shouldn’t be…

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