So GLBA essentially repeals the Glass Steagall Act, which basically allowed commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, brokerage firms, and other financial services firms to own each other. I’m now seeing quite a bit of blame laid on GLBA for the mortgage crises and credit crunch. The argument seems to be of the elementary school type and basically boils down to: lack of regulation caused this crises and GLBA was deregulation so it caused the crises. I don’t buy it.
What regulatory oversight was lost as a result of the act? Commercial banks were still regulated by the same entities in the exact same way as before. It doesn’t matter that they may be owned by a holding company that also owns an insurance company of an investment bank.
If you want to lay the blame on lack of regulation, then fine. It doesn’t appear to me that it was lack of regulation through deregulation though. It seems like it was lack of regulation through regulation never being there in the first place. Did GLBA have anything to do with lack of regulation of hedge funds or minimal regulation of investment banks?
For what it is worth, I put the majority of the blame on too low of interest rates for too long. I think things like CRA requirements and poor regulation were minor contributing factors.