Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sandy Weill Calls for Separation of Commercial Banking and Investment Banking



Sandy Weill, in an interview on Squawk Box on CNBC July 25, said that Glass-Steagall should be re-instated and that commercial banking and investment banking should be separated. Investment banks should not be allowed to have deposits, they would not be insured, and would be allowed to fail.

As the man who put together the mega-merger of Citigroup and Travelers that paved the way for the repeal of Glass-Steagall, this is a stunning turn-around in his views. His concern derives partly from the negative view of banking held by the public. But, he also feels that Dodd-Frank is crippling the ability of investment banks to be the innovators and leaders they have traditionally been and wants the United States to remain the leader in world finance.

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