Some notes from the 2009 World Economic Forum – Davos

According to the website, “Tony Tan Keng-Yam, Deputy Chairman and Executive Director, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), Singapore, said there would likely be a shake-out in the financial system into two tiers: first, a core of tightly regulated, large commercial banks working with lower levels of leverage than in the past; second, a group of “quasi banks” (private equity, hedge funds, etc.) with a different regulatory structure from commercial banks and no access to the central banks. Investment banks would probably come somewhere in-between, he said. It was normal that governments had intervened to prop up confidence. Now the question was how they would extract themselves in a way that provides incentives to shareholders, who will be necessary for a strong banking sector in the future. He also warned of the dangers of over-regulation stifling creativity.”

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