Susquehanna Financial Group analyst David Hilder says Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley may consider dropping their status as bank holding companies to avoid increased costs related to the “Volcker rule,” the latest fallout from the proprietary trading proposal released earlier this week.
The FDIC Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a notice of proposed rulemaking mandated under section 619 of Dodd-Frank that implemented the Volcker rule requirements. On Wednesday the Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to follow suit.
Those requirements, amendments to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 and other prior legislation, are meant to address the systemic risk issues that arose during the 2008-09 financial crises.
A report by Bloomberg said, “Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley were the biggest U.S. securities firms before they converted to bank holding companies after the September 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Both became subject to regulation by the Federal Reserve and won access to central bank programs such as the discount window, which are designed to protect deposit-taking banks.”