Glass-Steagall is the indispensable first step of LaRouche's Four Laws to save the U.S.A.. It will end the hyperinflation, destroy the toxic debts, and finish off the too-big-to-fail banks,. It will force a separation of commercial banking functions from investment banking functions, thus cleaning up the nation's banking system to make way for real, long-term investments.
There are now two bills in each house calling for the restoration of President Roosevelt's 1933 Glass-Steagall law. H. R. 129 & its Senate companion bill S. 985, introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Senator Tom Harkin respectively, and most recently, S. 1282, known as the "21st Century Glass-Steagall Act," championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose companion House bill is H.R. 3711.
"We've reformed nothing. We have more leverage and more derivatives risk than we've ever had," reports an analyst for a structured finance broker-dealer, speaking of the latest bubbles in the global, unregulated, over-the-counter derivatives markets, to the Aug. 20 Financial Times.
Aware, to some degree, that the Trans-Atlantic system is headed for a crash, a bipartisan group of 15 Senators and Congressmen have preemptively warned Federal Reserve Chief Janet Yellen not to contemplate another bailout of the Too Big To Fail banks like that implemented in 2009-2009.
How It Works
Since 1999, banks have been allowed to use commercial deposits and assets as fuel for securities trading on the derivatives market.
Because commercial and speculative assets are so heavily comingled, the government is forced to protect the assets of banks making risky bets through near perpetual bailouts and purchasing of toxic debt.
It was the derivatives bubble that blew up the system and bankrupted the US banks in the 2007-2008 crash.
1. Commercial Banking institutions have one year to divest themselves of all non-commercial banking units, with no cross management or ownership between commercial and non-commercial units.
2. Commercial Banks are barred from using more than 2% of its capital for the creation, sale, or distribution of securities (certain bank-qualified securities are exempted)
3. Prevents Commercial Banks from loaning their commercial deposits into such vehicals as would support the creation and circulation of securities.
4. No securities of low or potentially low value can be placed by a bank into its insured commercial bank units.
* Adds provision stating Glass-Steagall is the preeminant regulator of the banks, limiting banks from putting its depositors and shareholders at risk.
Glass-Steagall forces separation of commercial from investment banks, it ends Too Big To Fail, bars government bailouts, and will stop the onset of hyperinflation.