Bank of America Death Watch

Banking expert Christopher Whalen has an article in Reuters suggesting that Bank of America is a “too big to fail zombie” that now “threatens the global economy.” There is still a lot of toxic junk being carried on the books of financial institutions as if it had real value. Restructuring BofA would be a good start in resolving it.

“BAC is a too big to fail zombie created by the Obama Administration and the Fed to protect US financial markets, but is now so vast and unstable that it threatens the global economy. But more corrosive and dangerous than the torrents of red ink inside BAC is the steady erosion of public confidence. Uncertainty is the enemy now, both with respect to BAC and to its large bank peers.

“The only way to end the uncertainty and also accelerate the economic recovery is to put BAC through a restructuring using the powers under the Dodd-Frank legislation. While a restructuring by the FDIC may seem to be a horrible prospect, in fact it offers the first real hope of definiteness in the housing crisis, the multi-trillion dollar millstone around our collective necks. Indeed, the BAC situation illustrates why the Founders of the US embedded bankruptcy in the Constitution, namely the need for finality.”

Read full article here.

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