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I admit I don’t get the big time world of high finance, derivatives trading, the stock market or The Fed. What I know is that trillions of dollars of my money is being shipped and wired and transferred all around the globe while at the same time the economic condition of millions of Americans is getting worse by the day.   But here’s a little simple analysis from my friend, Matt Stoller:

Bank of America is shifting derivatives in its Merrill investment banking unit to its depository arm, which has access to the Fed discount window and is protected by the FDIC.  This means that an investment bank’s European derivatives exposure is now backstopped by the taxpayer.Bank of America didn’t get regulatory approval to do this, they just did it at the request of counterparties (hmmm).  Now the Fed and the FDIC are fighting as to whether this was sound.  The Fed wants to “give relief” to the bank holding company, which is under heavy pressure.

This is a transfer of risk to the taxpayer done by the bank without approval by regulators and without public input.
Now from the Bloomberg article:
Bank of America Corp. (BAC), hit by a credit downgrade last month, has moved derivatives from its Merrill Lynch unit to a subsidiary flush with insured deposits, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.
Bank of America’s holding company — the parent of both the retail bank and the Merrill Lynch securities unit — held almost $75 trillion of derivatives at the end of June, according to data compiled by the OCC. About $53 trillion, or 71 percent, were within Bank of America NA, according to the data, which represent the notional values of the trades.

One Comment

  • Concerned reader says:

    Here we go again, To Big To Fail. The economic well-being of our entire country hinges on one crummy bank. If Bank of America fails, it could set off a domino of bank failures, here and around the world. How can our legislators and regulators allow this to continue?

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