too-big-too-fail

Definition:

Government practices that protect large banking organizations from the normal discipline of the marketplace because of concerns that such institutions are so important to markets and their positions so intertwined with those of other banks that their failure would be unaccrptably disruptive, financially and economically.

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Agency theory

The analysis of principal-agent relationships, in which one person, an agent, acts on behalf of another person, a principal.

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