Bail-outs are back as Europe wrestles to contain bank fears

06 Oct 2011

Out go the bail-ins, in come the bail-outs again. Spurred by extreme market volatility and the near-collapse of Belgian lender Dexia at the start of the week, Europe’s authorities have coalesced around a swift recapitalisation of the region’s banks, paving the way for a return to the state support structures seen in 2008 and 2009.

The move represents a big step backwards for those regulators that have spent much of the last three years designing private sector alternatives.

Techniques such as bail-ins were intended to ensure that taxpayers would never again have to foot the bill for rescuing failing financial institutions.

That ambition now ...

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