Beyond Finance: Permissible Commercial Activities of U.S. Financial Holding Companies
An Unfinished Mission: Making Wall Street Work for Us, A Report by Americans for Financial Reform & the Roosevelt Institute (2013), pp. 110-125
16 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2013
Date Written: November 12, 2013
This essay explains the legal basis for, and examines public policy implications of, recent expansion of large U.S. financial holding companies’ non-financial business activities. Despite its potentially significant impact on economic growth and systemic stability, this phenomenon of financial conglomeration beyond finance remains poorly understood. Yet, any truly comprehensive and effective reform of financial services regulation must address public policy issues that arise when “too-big-to-fail” banks grow even bigger and more systemically significant by combining finance with commerce.
Keywords: banking, finance, financial holding company, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Bank Holding Company Act, Dodd-Frank Act, merchant banking, commodities, financial regulation, regulatory reform
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