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It’s kind of an understatement to say that taxpayers were peeved when they ended up footing the bill for the government bailout of the “too big to fail” banks. So they may take some comfort in a new FDIC rule that will seriously punish the leaders of failed financial institutions. Among other things, it says that any executive responsible for the collapse of a major financial firm is subject to spooky-sounding “clawbacks.”
Clawbacks are the equivalent of making an executive return two years worth of their salary to the government if a government agency has to step in and handle the collapse. Big banks will also be required to have a plan in place before they go up in flames, to avoid the kind of sweeping support the government was forced to provide in 2008 and 2009.
That’s a lot of pressure on a relatively small number of people. What do you think - whose responsibility is it to keep a financial institution on the straight and narrow? Should employees lower on the corporate totem pole be punished as well?