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As TARP Turns 10, Looking Back at the U.S. Government’s Assistance to the Banking Sector

Ten years ago this week, Congress responded to turmoil in the financial markets by creating the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Through TARP, the Treasury Department disbursed a total of $440 billion to help stabilize the financial system, restore economic … Continue reading

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Banking at the Border, Money Laundering, and “Derisking”

Banks are an important line of defense for fighting financial crimes. Banks and other financial institutions are subject to the Bank Secrecy Act, which helps federal law enforcement detect and deter the use of financial institutions for money laundering and … Continue reading

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Ending “Too Big to Fail”

8 years ago this month, the Federal Reserve bailed out Bear Stearns, preventing it from collapsing. This triggered an unprecedented amount of federal assistance to help stabilize markets—more than $1 trillion in loans and hundreds of billions of dollars of … Continue reading

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5 Years of Dodd-Frank

It’s been 5 years since Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act reforming the U.S. financial regulatory system. Since then, we’ve been busy examining almost every aspect of this law and its impacts. Today’s WatchBlog shares a few of our regulatory lessons … Continue reading

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Podcast on Expectations of Government Support for Large Bank Holding Companies

The perception among investors and credit agencies that a bank is “too big to fail” may affect how that bank’s holding company competes in financial markets. Hear our podcast with Lawrance Evans, Jr., a director in GAO’s Financial Markets and … Continue reading

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The Risks of Virtual Currencies

In February 2014, the Mt. Gox virtual currency exchange filed for bankruptcy, stating that a security breach resulted in the loss of bitcoins worth more than $460 million at the time. This incident is one of many real-world illustrations of … Continue reading

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