Too big to fail – Is big a beauty or a beast?

When former IMF Chief Economist Simon Johnson travels around the United States making excellent presentations about the too-big-to-fail problem, he talks about the problem posed by the fact that the six largest American banks have total assets worth about 60 percent of national GDP.

The following graph shows the current situation in Sweden. All data has been gathered from respective annual reports.

(Feel free to use this figure for your own purposes, but please do not forget to mention the source, which is this blog.)

Simon Hedlin Larsson

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