US banks’ strategic similarities pose risks – NY Fed official

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The evolution of US financial firms towards greater similarity in underlying business models and strategies creates a fundamental challenge for supervisors, Kevin Stiroh, executive vice-president of the Federal Bank of New York, said in a recent speech.

Stiroh warned homogeneity of US financial firms could lead to them becoming “systemic as a herd”, where shocks could lead to correlated responses and large-scale disruption.

In his remarks on November 1, Stiroh said several factors, including

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