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Finance Ministry: 36 banks 'too big to fail'
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Finance Ministry: 36 banks 'too big to fail'

Published: 18 Dec 2012 07:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Dec 2012 07:53 GMT+01:00

The German Finance Ministry on Tuesday revealed exactly how many banks are on its official list of financial institutions considered "relevant to the national system" - though their names remain a closely guarded secret.

Following an official information request from Green Party finance policy spokesman Gerhard Schick, the Financial Ministry revealed that 36 specific banks are considered important to the German financial system, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported.

Each institution on the list, which likely includes big names like Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and HypoVereinsbank, as well as the state banks, has been asked to present an action plan by the end of 2013, outlining its crisis strategy.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said after the request was announced in November that he would like to pass a law legally requiring the banks to do so.

But Schick criticised the fact that proportionally too much time was being spent supervising small banks than big banks.

Deutsche Bank, for example, accounts for 23 percent of the country's total banking assets but has just four percent of the ministry's experts watching over it, Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote. While small banks, which together account for eight percent of banking assets, have been assigned 20 percent of overseers.

Schick told the paper that “proportionally, big banks are seriously under-observed.”

He added that incidents like the Libor scandal highlighted just how much intensive observation should be going into big banks from the government.

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11:30 December 18, 2012 by smart2012
Now u will understand why Germany was against eu banking supervision...
13:58 December 18, 2012 by twisted
And nothing will change. Instead of doing the right thing, breaking up the banks, they will just let them cruise along until another major atastrophe take place in the banking industry and then it will be too late.
09:08 December 19, 2012 by SynJyn Tweer
The problem is simple as long as we have thieves looking after thieves the banking system will rule.

It is time that the man in the street takes action do not support the big 36 remove your funds and accounts and change to the banks that can fail. GO ON THE STREET AND VOICE YOUR DISAPPROVAL OF THE CURRENT BANKING SYSTEM WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY THE POLITICAL POWERS!
17:03 December 26, 2012 by raandy
It is these "To Big To Fail Banks" that got us in the 2008 crisis in the first place , and now we want to turn a blind eye, nothing has changed .
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