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October 13, 2009

Time For That 70s Show?

Catherine New
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In September, Professor Bruce Kogut and Cheryl Rathbun, managing director and chief operating officer of Citi’s Institutional Client Group’s (ICG) Risk Management, participated in a question-and-answer fireside chat about the future of financial regulation.

While Rathbun made clear that “we’re not out of the woods yet”, she did say that some of “major contours” of the new financial landscape are appearing.

“I don’t think we’re going to see major money center banks growing and growing and we’ll just have three or four major institutions. I think we’ll see a paring down,” she said. “At the same time we’re going to have increased regulation and capital requirements, which will force the money center banks to have somewhat of a different model. It’s a little more retro and maybe going back to what we saw in the 1970s … we may see some reincarnation [of that era] and some bit separation between [securities and commercial banking].”

To learn more of Kogut and Rathbun’s exchange, watch the complete video coverage.