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Jumping On The Financial Bandwagon Part 1: Singapore Democratic Party Given what happened in 2008 and, more...

Jumping On The Financial Bandwagon Part 1: Singapore Democratic Party Given what happened in 2008 and, more...

But herein lies the problem. It was the push for de-regulation of the banking system in the US that has led to the mess that we are witnessing across the world in such an unprecedented scale. The process to de-regulate the financial system started in the 1980s when US bankers pushed for the Glass-Steagall Act to be repealed. This law, named after the two lawmakers Carter Glass and Henry Steagall who authored it, was put in place in 1933 following the stock market crash in America and the bank run which caused the collapse of the banking system. The idea was to encourage people to return to the banks and assure them that their money was safe there. To do this, the Glass-Steagall Act separated commercial banks from investment banks. Commercial banks took in deposits and handled the savings of the man in the street. These savings were guaranteed up to a certain amount by the ...

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