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Media Advisory: The Second Symposium on Ending Too Big to Fail

Minneapolis, April 5, 2016

Media Advisory: The Second Symposium on Ending Too Big to Fail
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced today that it will hold its second symposium on the “Ending Too Big to Fail” (TBTF) initiative on Monday, May 16, 2016. Distinguished presenters will include John H. Cochrane of Stanford University and John Bovenzi of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

The second symposium will focus on proposals that seek to address the TBTF problem in two ways:

Panel 1: Taxing Leverage in the Financial System

John H. Cochrane is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Cochrane is also a distinguished senior fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and at the Becker-Friedman Institute. He authored a paper titled “Lessons from the Financial Crisis.” Other publications include the book Asset Pricing, op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and a blog called “The Grumpy Economist.”

Confirmed discussants for this panel include:

  • Michael Hasenstab, Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer at Templeton Global Macro
  • Donald Marron, Institute Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Initiatives at the Urban Institute
  • Thomas Philippon, Professor of Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business  

Panel 2: Enhancements/Alternatives to DFA Resolution

John Bovenzi co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Failure Resolution Task Force. He joined Oliver Wyman’s Financial Services Practice in 2009 and is a partner in the public policy area. His work includes addressing corporate governance issues, failure-resolution planning, regulatory compliance and bank funding issues. Bovenzi is co-author of a report titled “Too Big to Fail: The Path to a Solution.” 

Confirmed discussants for this panel include:

  • Ben S. Bernanke, Distinguished Fellow in Residence, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from February 2006 to January 2014. Bernanke also served as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System’s principal monetary policymaking body.
  • J. Christopher Flowers, Managing Director and CEO of J.C. Flowers & Co.
  • Richard J. Herring, Jacob Safra Professor of International Banking and Professor of Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

A complete agenda with additional speakers will be available soon. Members of the media, please email Alyssa Augustine at if you would like to attend.

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