Bank Alert: Janet Yellen Proposes Mergers to Rescue Financial Industry

Janet Yellen Proposes Mergers


  • Janet Yellen, US Treasury Secretary, urges bank CEOs to consider mergers to strengthen the financial industry.
  • The mergers are seen as a necessary measure to deal with the current crisis and recover from the biggest banking collapse since the 2008 financial crisis.
  • Yellen’s proposal seeks to stabilize the banking sector, which has been hit by falling share prices and the weakness of regional financial institutions.

Janet Yellen, US Treasury Secretary, has raised the possibility of more mergers in the banking industry in order to strengthen it. 

During a meeting with several bank CEOs last Thursday, Yellen stressed the need for these mergers to ensure the health of the financial sector, especially in the midst of the current crisis.

Yellen’s remarks reflect the concern of both her and the Biden administration to find solutions that promote the recovery of the banking industry, which is facing the biggest collapse since the 2008 financial crisis.

The Treasury secretary has been preparing banks for the possibility of mergers, acknowledging that falling share prices and weakness in regional financial institutions have created an alarming situation. In addition, the recent failures of banks such as First Republic and Silicon Valley Bank have led to the view that mergers could be a win-win option for the entire industry.

During the meeting, Yellen met with members of the Board of the Banking Policy Institution in Washington, where top industry leaders including JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser were present.

While the official Treasury Department statement did not explicitly mention the bank merger discussions reported by CNN, JP Morgan was previously allowed to acquire the failing First Republic Bank, as a move to stabilize the imperiled sector.

In conversations with Reuters, Yellen also pointed to the need to consolidate midsize banks and showed a willingness on the part of regulators to consider and support mergers that may be beneficial in this environment.

In conclusion, Janet Yellen’s statements reflect the importance for her of considering mergers in the banking industry as a strategy to strengthen it and overcome current challenges.