New Landscape, New Challenges: Structural Change and Regulation in the U.S. Financial Sector

Author/Editor: Bhatia, Ashok Vir
Publication Date: August 01, 2007
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Summary: Given the rapid evolution of the U.S. financial sector and attendant regulatory challenges, this paper explores ways to fine-tune U.S. oversight arrangements. It surveys the financial landscape, separating a highly regulated, multi-business, and (in terms of relative asset holdings) shrinking “core” from a lightly regulated, more specialized, and rapidly expanding “periphery”; explains the U.S. regulatory philosophy and structure, with its focus on core institutions and its jurisdictional complexity; highlights certain new challenges, without presuming to have all the solutions; draws out some broad policy implications, from the “30,000 foot level”; and concludes by tabling and discussing one, specific, reform idea.
Series: Working Paper No. 07/195
Subject(s): Financial sector | United States | Bank supervision | Structural adjustment

Author's Keyword(s): Financial sector | financial stability | regulation | supervision
Publication Date: August 01, 2007
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2007195 Pages: 24
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