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An end to too big to let fail? The Dodd-Frank Act's orderly liquidation authority


  • Fitzpatrick, Thomas J.
  • Thomson, James B.


One of the changes introduced by the sweeping new financial market legislation of the Dodd–Frank Act is the provision of a formal process for liquidating large financial firms—something that would have been useful in 2008, when troubles at Lehman Brothers, AIG, and Merrill Lynch threatened to damage the entire U.S. financial system. While it may not be the end of the too-big-to-fail problem, the orderly liquidation authority is an important new tool in the regulatory toolkit. It will enable regulators to safely close and wind up the affairs of those distressed financial firms whose failure could destabilize the financial system.

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  • Fitzpatrick, Thomas J. & Thomson, James B., 2011. "An end to too big to let fail? The Dodd-Frank Act's orderly liquidation authority," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Jan.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:y:2011:i:jan5:n:2011-1

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    1. Clas Wihlborg, 2012. "Developing Distress Resolution Procedures for Financial Institutions," SUERF Studies, SUERF - The European Money and Finance Forum, number 2012/5, March.
    2. Nathan Sheets, 2013. "Criteria for Financial Stability - A US View," Chapters,in: Stability of the Financial System, chapter 3 Edward Elgar Publishing.


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