What Legal Authority Does the Fed Need During a Financial Crisis?
32 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2016 Last revised: 2 Feb 2016
Date Written: January 22, 2016
The financial crisis of 2007-2008 exposed gaps in the law that authorizes federal agencies to provide emergency liquidity support. This essay describes the ways in which legal constraints hampered response to the crisis, proposes reforms that would make possible a unified and strong response, and criticizes the Dodd-Frank Act for weakening, rather than strengthening, the crisis-response agencies.
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