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Living Wills: A Tool for Curbing Too Big to Fail

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  • Jarque, Arantxa

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

  • Price, David A.

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond)

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Economist Arantxa Jarque and senior editor David A. Price explore an innovation of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which requires the largest and most complex financial institutions to create resolution plans to follow if the institutions fall into severe financial distress. In these plans, or "living wills," the institutions must give regulators a roadmap for resolving them via the bankruptcy process -- without disrupting the financial system or resorting to public bailouts. Jarque and Price argue that living wills are a tool that regulators can use to curb the "too big to fail" problem by decreasing the odds that policymakers will feel compelled to rescue large, complex firms for fear that their failure would damage the economy.

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  • Jarque, Arantxa & Price, David A., 2015. "Living Wills: A Tool for Curbing Too Big to Fail," Economic Quarterly, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue 1Q, pages 77-94.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedreq:00029
    DOI: 10.21144/eq1010105
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    1. Athreya, Kartik B. & Jarque, Arantxa, 2015. "Understanding Living Wills," Economic Quarterly, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue 3Q, pages 193-223.

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