The Dodd-Frank Act requires federal regulators to name financial institutions that are “systemically important” (SIFIs). These institutions will be subject to greater scrutiny by regulators who will have the legal ability to impose additional regulations on them. How should authorities decide which financial institutions other than banks should be designated as SIFIs? Once designated, how should they be regulated? The analysis is particularly challenging for financial groups with life insurance units at their core, given their differences with banking.
On May 9, the Economic Studies program at Brookings reviewed the designation and regulation of non-bank SIFIs, with particular emphasis on life insurers. Panelists included experts from academia, as well as Martin Baily, senior fellow and director of the Initiative on Business and Public Policy at Brookings. Douglas Elliott, fellow in Economic Studies, served as moderator of the panel on the designation of SIFIs and also presented some views on the regulation of non-bank SIFIs once they have been designated.
Read Doug Elliott's paper, "Regulating Systemically Important Financial Institutions That Are Not Banks" »