Readers will know that I am a great admirer of Gillian Tett’s analyses of banking issues in the Financial Times. Today, she has another thought-provoking article, this time on the emergence of Iceland as ‘the world’s first country run like a hedge fund’. The article is worth reading in itself, but also for the question that it raises in conclusion. This is whether the leverage used in recent years by some banks now means that they are ‘not just too big to fail, but also too big to rescue’?

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