Fed’s Bowman advises targeted regulative reaction to bank closures

The distinct nature and service designs of the banks that just recently stopped working do not validate enforcing brand-new, excessively intricate regulative and supervisory expectations on a broad series of banks, Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman stated today. Speaking at a conference on monetary systems in Germany, Bowman pressed back versus require more comprehensive policy following the closures of Silicon Valley Bank and 2 other banks.

“If we allow this to occur, we will end up with a system of significantly fewer banks serving significantly fewer customers,” Bowman stated. “Those who will likely bear the burden of this new banking system are those at the lower end of the economic spectrum, both individuals and businesses.”

Still, Bowman stated there were actions regulators might require to recognize the origin of the bank failures and hold themselves responsible for supervisory errors. First, the Fed ought to engage an independent 3rd party to prepare a report to supplement the restricted internal evaluation to totally comprehend the failure of SVB, she stated. Second, managers require to do a much better task determining the most significant problems—such as concentration and rates of interest danger—and moving rapidly to remediate them. Finally, policymakers ought to think about whether there are required—and targeted—changes they might make to banking policy. “This will likely include a broad range of topics, including taking a close look at deposit insurance reform, the treatment of uninsured deposits and a reconsideration of current deposit insurance limits,” she stated.

Bowman likewise discussed the function of social networks and other interactions innovation in sustaining bank runs and adversely impacting bank stock rates. “The spread of information has always played an important role in bank confidence and bank runs,” she stated. “When information is more readily and quickly accessible and shared among shareholders, creditors, customers and depositors, bank management needs to be attuned to how it communicates, especially when remediating identified weaknesses.”


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