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An industrial organisation approach to the too-big-to-fail problem


Rochet, Jean-Charles (2010). An industrial organisation approach to the too-big-to-fail problem. Revue de la stabilité financière / Financial Stability Review, 14:93-100.

Abstract

This article suggests a reform of the organisation of money markets that would largely eliminate the risk
of contagion. The notion of “systemically important institution” would be replaced by that of systemically
important platform”. Such platforms would only be directly accessible to a group of “offi cially recognised
fi nancial institutions” that would have to comply with special regulatory requirements and would be directly
supervised by the central bank. The status of “offi cially recognised fi nancial institution” could be revoked by
the central bank if these special regulatory requirements are not satisfi ed. A special resolution procedure
would be created for these institutions, so that the central bank has the legal powers to close it down, or
at least restrict its activities before it is too late. OTC markets would still be active but, since they would
be penalised by regulation, it is likely that they would become small, and therefore not in a position to
jeopardise the entire system.

This article suggests a reform of the organisation of money markets that would largely eliminate the risk
of contagion. The notion of “systemically important institution” would be replaced by that of systemically
important platform”. Such platforms would only be directly accessible to a group of “offi cially recognised
fi nancial institutions” that would have to comply with special regulatory requirements and would be directly
supervised by the central bank. The status of “offi cially recognised fi nancial institution” could be revoked by
the central bank if these special regulatory requirements are not satisfi ed. A special resolution procedure
would be created for these institutions, so that the central bank has the legal powers to close it down, or
at least restrict its activities before it is too late. OTC markets would still be active but, since they would
be penalised by regulation, it is likely that they would become small, and therefore not in a position to
jeopardise the entire system.

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Date:July 2010
Deposited On:19 Feb 2011 11:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:44
Publisher:Banque de France
ISSN:1637-4681
Official URL:http://www.banque-france.fr

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