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Feds Slam Top Banks For Not Having Adequate Fail Safes

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Federal regulators sent a chill through the banking world when it was announced early Wednesday that five giant banks have little to no fail safe plans, and would require bailouts if another crisis hit.

The Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation found the so-called "living will" plans of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon and State Street Bank were "not credible" or "would not facilitate an orderly resolution" in case of bankruptcy.

This morning's New York Times reports the banks have until Oct. 1 to "fix their plans."

"We understand the importance of these findings," read a formal response from Wells Fargo. "We will address them as we update our plan by the Oct. 1, 2016 deadline identified by the agencies."

The too-big-to-fail debate swirling around the nation's top lenders has been the centerpiece of the current campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential contest.