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Mnuchin’s Ill-Advised Plan on Nonbank SIFIs

Gregg Gelzinis discusses how Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's plan to raise the threshold above which banks face increased regulation—from $50 billion to $250 billion—could make the financial system less stable.

In March, the Senate passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which raises Dodd-Frank’s asset threshold — above which banks face enhanced regulatory standards — from $50 billion to $250 billion.

But the $50 billion threshold for banks is not the only one of its kind under threat.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who heads the Financial Stability Oversight Council, said at a January hearing that he intends to raise a lesser-known $50 billion threshold if the Senate legislation is enacted. This threshold is used by the FSOC to narrow the universe of companies considered in the first stage of the council’s multistage designation process for systemically important nonbank financial companies.

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Gregg Gelzinis

Associate Director