13 Jul '11, 1pm

New report: #GoodBanking: Why we need a bigger public debate on financial reform with @compassoffice

Stepping back from the full separation of retail and investment banking, in which retail deposits are not used in any way to underwrite the activities of higher risk investment banking, and considered by many across the political spectrum to be an essential reform to build a safe and useful financial system. The Chancellor, George Osborne accepted the interim proposal of the ICB to ring-fence retail from investment banking functions. It was the first sign of awareness from government that structural reform of the banking system is necessary. Ring-fencing, however falls short of such reform. Global retail banks will still be large, complex beasts, and ring-fencing will not address the ‘too big to fail’ problem, with its costly public underwriting. Retail banks will also still be able to make a range of high risk investments, and unless there is scrutiny of the balance of as...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/good-banking

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