Friday, April 2, 2010

On a Resolution Mechanism for Distressed Financial Firms: (fg)

Regulatory Hybrid Securities:
This instrument resembles long-term debt in normal times, but converts to equity when the financial system and the issuing bank are both under financial stress. The goal is to avoid ad hoc measures such as those taken in the current crisis, which are costly to taxpayers and may turn out to be limited in effectiveness. The regulatory hybrid security we envision would be transparent, less costly to taxpayers, and more effective.
Recommended and developed by

John Campbell, John Cochrane, Robert Shiller, Douglas Diamond, Fred Mishkin, Hyun Shin, Anil Kashyap, Kenneth French among others. They belong to the Squam Lake Working Group