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Tue July 23, 2013

A History of Reigning in the Banks

Could reinstating a Great Depression era financial regulation help save the financial sector?
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In an era when big banks are mired in complex and often risky investment schemes, could the reinstatement of a Great Depression era financial law help curb the financial sector’s speculative trading? That’s the discussion being had in congress, as Senators John McCain and Elizabeth Warren push to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, a piece of depression era legislation that creates a separation between commercial banking and investment banking. From the perspective of Michael Haley, a professor and H.J. Heinz Endowed Chair of business management at Point Park University, reinstating the act could at least help to simplify the complex banking system currently in place.

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