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Son encouraged Agarwal to expand into markets such as China and the U. They encouraged reckless lending by gobbling up an endless stream of mortgages to securitize and by funding the slimy subprime lenders who peddled their miserable products to millions of American families. The giant banks spread that risk throughout the financial system by misleading investors about the quality of the mortgages in the securities they were offering.

Those who want to see Glass-Steagall reinstated claim that, together with broader "deregulation," its repeal caused the financial crisis. In testimony before Congress, for example, journalist Robert Kuttner said:. Since the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in , after more than a decade of de facto inroads, super-banks have been able to re-enact the same kinds of structural conflicts of interests that were endemic in the s, lending to speculators, packaging and securitizing credits and then selling them off, wholesale or retail, and extracting fees at every step of the way.

The repeal of Glass-Steagall coincided with low interest rates that put pressure on financial institutions to seek returns through more arcane financial instruments. Wall Street investment banks, with their appetite for risks, led the charge. Other arguments in support of bringing back Glass-Steagall stress the way "repeal changed an entire culture. Investment banks. When the repeal of Glass-Steagall brought investment and commercial banks together, the investment bank culture came out on top.

There was a demand for the kind of high returns that could be obtained only through high leverage and big risk-taking. But is this really the case? Warren, for one, has provided little evidence to back up her claim that Glass-Steagall "stopped investment banks from gambling away people's life savings for decades — until Wall Street successfully lobbied to have it repealed in It is somehow taken as obvious that repealing the Glass-Steagall caused the financial crisis, and that bringing it back would prevent any future crises.

But such arguments do not rest on any factual basis, such as an examination of which banks collapsed during previous crises and why. Even banks' growth is blamed on the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, when in fact barriers to merging with or acquiring banks in other states were removed by the Riegle-Neal Act of , which led to a rapid increase in interstate banking before the GLBA became law in However, there is a broader point to be made here, and doing so will form the basis of this Policy Analysis: in reality, Glass-Steagall was largely irrelevant in the first place.

It was never an effective way of protecting banks from failure or the public from losses. It would not have prevented the banking crises of the s and s had it been in force earlier, and it would not have prevented the financial crisis had it remained in force after The causes of both episodes lie elsewhere.

What's more, several of Glass-Steagall's key provisions, which prevent commercial banks from dealing in or underwriting securities, remain law to this day.

The GLBA did not, as its critics suggest, usher in a complete free-for-all. Between and , 5, U. A further 4, would fail in alone. And as Franklin D.

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Roosevelt assumed the presidency of the United States on March 4, , bank deposits were being withdrawn at an alarming rate. Two days later, on March 6, Roosevelt declared a four-day bank holiday, which closed down the entire banking system. The legislation passed the House and the Senate the same day. Among other things, it provided for the reopening of the banks as soon as examiners found them to be financially secure.

Coupled with Roosevelt's "fireside chat," the Emergency Banking Act helped to restore a modicum of confidence in the banking system. Accordingly, banks reopened on March 13, ; by the end of the month, customers had returned about two-thirds of the cash they had previously withdrawn. Confidence in the banking system was not completely restored, however, and this created an opportunity for Sen. Carter Glass D-VA to reintroduce a bill he had originally proposed in , this time with the support of Rep. The legislation was designed to "provide for the safer and more effective use of the assets of banks, to regulate interbank control, to prevent the undue diversion of funds into speculative operations and for other purposes.

Glass himself believed the "main purpose of the bill. Section 16 of the act granted to banks the powers necessary to carry on the business of banking, such as discounting and negotiating bills of exchange, receiving deposits, and lending. Significantly, this is the section of the legislation that specifically limited banks to purchasing and selling securities for customers, and largely prohibited them from dealing in or underwriting securities on their own account.

Section 16 of Glass-Steagall also imposed limits on the "investment securities" a bank could hold on its own account from any one issuer of bank ineligible securities. That category included bonds, notes, debentures, and other securities identified by the comptroller of the currency. It is important to note, however, that Section 16 of Glass-Steagall still allowed banks to purchase, deal in, and underwrite U.

No quantitative limits were imposed on these bank eligible securities. Section 20 and Section 32 of Glass-Steagall further prevented banks from being affiliated with any company that was principally or primarily engaged in underwriting or dealing in securities. Section 21, meanwhile, prevented securities firms from taking deposits.

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Although investment banks are occasionally referred to as "broker-dealers," there is an important distinction between those activities. A broker facilitates the transaction between two parties, as when a real estate agent arranges a sale between the buyer and the seller. A dealer, in contrast, will usually hold the securities on its balance sheet, just as a supermarket would stock its shelves. The risk of these activities can be substantially different. And most simply, a bank may hold securities as an investment with no intention to sell, but rather to hold to the security's maturity.

Glass-Steagall did not prevent banks from purchasing and selling securities for their own investment purposes; moreover, banks could buy and sell whole loans. When securitization was subsequently introduced, the terms of Glass-Steagall allowed banks to securitize their loans and sell them in that form, but they were not allowed to underwrite or deal in mortgage-backed securities MBS. Banks could nevertheless buy MBS as investments and sell them whenever it suited their investment strategy, or when they required cash.

Glass's report on these subcommittee hearings prefaced and formed the basis of both his banking reform bill — which passed in the Senate but failed to make it through the House before the election — and the Glass-Steagall Act of It is easy to understand the premise behind Glass's legislative efforts from that report. The greatest of such dangers is seen in the growth of "bank affiliates," which devote themselves in many cases to perilous underwriting operations, stock speculation, and with maintaining a market for the banks' own stock often largely with the resources of the parent bank.

Glass noted that the years after were characterized by great inflation of bank credit through the large loans and investments made by banks with substantial surplus reserves.

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Much of this credit was used to purchase securities. Glass regarded the stock market crash as an "accompaniment or symptom of unsound credit and banking conditions themselves," rather than their cause. He also drew attention to the immense increase in real estate mortgages and bonds, which added a further "element of great difficulty," when prices and rents began to fall. His report, despite references to mortgages and real estate bonds, focused on the excessive use of bank credit in making loans for speculation in securities and bank affiliates, engaging in stock speculation, and maintaining a market for the bank's own stock with the resources of the parent bank.

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Two other factors bolstered Glass's determination to prevent "the diversion of funds into speculative operations. As a member of the House of Representatives, he had sponsored the Federal Reserve Act of , which established the United States' central bank. Later, in the Senate, he was the prime mover behind the Banking Act of , which gave the Federal Reserve the ability to lend to members on a wider range of assets, and allowed U.

In this context, it is not surprising that Glass was set on ensuring that member banks of the Federal Reserve System could not draw on that institution's resources to make speculative loans. This goal was compounded by his adherence to the "Real Bills Doctrine," a monetary theory according to which the central bank should provide just as much money and credit as is needed to accommodate the legitimate needs of commerce, but not so much as to finance speculative activity.

This doctrine long predated the founding of the Federal Reserve, and was enshrined as a key concept in that institution's founding legislation. The idea was that so long as central banks only issued money against short-term commercial bills arising from real transactions in goods and services, such issuance will not be inflationary, since the demand for money is inherently limited by the needs of commercial trade.

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Accordingly, the Federal Reserve Act provided for the extension of reserve bank credit, mainly to member banks, through the Federal Reserve's rediscounting of eligible short-term, self-liquidating commercial paper presented to it by member banks. In its Tenth Annual Report the Federal Reserve stated: "It is the belief of the Board that there is little danger that the credit created and distributed by the Federal Reserve Banks will be in excessive volume if restricted to productive uses. Credit would be automatically adjusted to the needs of trade if banks invested in commercial and industrial loans and avoided loans for investment in stocks.

This doctrine, which many economists have subsequently blamed, at least in part, for the U. We have already seen that Glass based his legislation on the Senate subcommittee hearings he chaired in However, some have argued that the dramatic language and assertions made in his report on those hearings were simply not supported by the evidence that had been adduced. Rutgers University economist Eugene White's analysis, for example, shows that not only was there no evidence for Glass's conclusions, but also that the evidence directly contradicted his claims.

For example, from to , banks engaged in commercial and investment banking had lower failure rates. For the banks with large bond operations, the figure was only 7. This is partially explained by the fact that the typical commercial bank involved in investment banking was larger than average, and therefore had all the opportunities for diversification and economies of scale that the small banks lacked. Overall, there is no evidence that the banks with securities affiliates were more likely to fail than the thousands of small banks that failed throughout the s and the s.

Glass's hearings did point out the structural fragility of the American banking system. On June 30, , there were 28, banks in operation, of which two-thirds were in small rural communities with populations of less than 2, They were generally "unit banks.

Branching by national banks was at first constrained by administrative actions that generally limited national banks to one branch. The McFadden Act of liberalized this to some extent by allowing national banks to operate branches in their home state, subject to the branching laws applicable to state banks in that particular state. By there were 3, branches; by there were 3, As a result, banks were often forced to be small, and to have an undiversified loan portfolio tied to the local economy of a single state, or even a specific region within that state.

Between and , 6, banks failed. Of these, were national banks, were state banks belonging to the Federal Reserve System, and 5, were state banks outside the Federal Reserve System. Bank failures often reflected regional agricultural crop failures, followed by a fall in real estate values in those areas. The majority of these were small banks that were unable to diversify loan risk in the agricultural towns on which they depended.

In some cases, these banks faced growing competition from larger, city-based competitors, which were increasingly easily accessible from surrounding small towns.