Why taxpayers may now be off the hook when a big bank fails

  @FortuneMagazine April 11, 2013: 7:07 AM ET
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Is "too big to fail" over? Believe it or not, it just might be. Even though the Dodd-Frank financial reform law banned future taxpayer bailouts of banks, the public remains skeptical. Given the size and complexity of the largest banks, it is difficult to imagine how the government could run them through an orderly bankruptcy process. Even if the regulators had the political will to do so, how could they possibly avoid systemic disruptions? Here's how.

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