By Simon Johnson
When a company wants to fend off a hostile takeover, its board may seek to put in place so-called “poison pill” defenses – i.e., measures that will make the firm less desirable if purchased, but which ideally will not encumber its operations if it stays independent.
Securities’ trading has remained dull for banking giants in the first half of 2014. The two quarters have been subject to lower trading volumes and lack of big price movements. However, this downtick ended in the third quarter as trading became livelier.
The Chicago Tribune reports Fed's Fisher: Reorganize banks that are "too big to fail"
U.S. authorities should reorganize the country's largest banks to protect against the risk of institutions that are "too big to fail" and that would saddle ordinary Americans with the cost of a bailout the next time they get in trouble, a senior Federal Reserve official said on Wednesday.
Scott Sumner submits: I seem to be the only blogger talking about this, which makes me think either I am ahead of the curve, or more likely making a bonehead error. But as of yet no commenter has yet found the bonehead error I am making.