In an April 9th speech at the 2012 Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Markets conference in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Chairman Ben Benanke said, among other things, “our economy is far from having fully recovered…. from the darkest days of the financial crisis.”
Bernanke also was in favor of closer oversight of non bank financial firms. He noted that currently, some important non bank financial firms which avoided strong comprehensive oversight were significant contributors to the 2008 and 2009 financial crisis.
Bernanke also wants tighter controls of what he referred to as “shadow banking”. Shadow banking refers to the intermediation of credit through a collection of institutions and markets that lie at least in part, outside of the traditional banking system.