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Hank Paulson Speaks

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Finally, the crisis has made abundantly clear that our financial system would benefit from a regulator whose focus is on risks across the financial system. While the Fed is assumed to have this role, it does not have the mandate or powers to carry it out effectively. There is already growing support for the blueprint's recommendation that Congress explicitly give this responsibility to the Fed, and provide it with the tools to meet that mandate. It would require the Fed to have access to information from a broader set of financial organisations, including hedge funds and systemically important payment systems. This authority should also have the power to intervene if it concluded that the financial system was at risk. Because the breadth of authority provided must be great, the standard for using such authority - to protect the system as a whole - should be high.

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