The chart above comes from a piece penned by Bob Ivry, who explored the unfair advantages of the TBTF banks.
Note the chart shows how the ratings agencies would change their views — and credit ratings — of TBTF banks without the implicit promise of a bailout when any of these banks screw up. Another chart after the jump shows how bond buyers accept lower returns from TBTF banks given the governments implicit guarantees.
“These six banks — Bank of America Corp. (BAC), Citigroup Inc. (C), Goldman Sachs Group Inc., (GS) JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Wells Fargo & Co (WFC). — have also benefited from tax breaks and Federal Reserve largesse since the end of 2008 in the form of additional income from the central bank’s mortgage-bond purchases and the interest it pays for bank deposits.
All told, the financial advantages for the six biggest banks since the start of 2009 amounted to at least $102 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.”
Its Socialism for the banks, Capitalism for the rest of us . . .
No Lehman Moments as Biggest Banks Deemed Too Big to Fail
Bloomberg Markets Magazine, May 10, 2013
Source: Bloomberg Markets Magazine