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US Risking Recession With Attack on Big Banks: Bove
06 Sep 2011 EDT - CNBC.com
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A government desire to break up the nation's largest banks and discourage lending is going to force the US into a recession, analyst Dick Bove said.

Speaking just days after the Federal Housing Finance Agency sued 17 banksover mortgage-related practices during the collapse of the subprime lending industry, Bove told CNBC that Washington is acting without concern over what effect its actions against banks are having.

In addition to the lawsuits, the Obama administration and Congress have taken aim at the financial services industry with a series of measures aimed at reducing risk and making banks take on larger capital requirements. The new capital rules could force banks to shed assets, reducing their size.

"At one point the four largest banks in the United States had 50 percent of the assets of the banking industry, and the government wants to break up those banks," said Bove, vice president of equity research at Rochdale Securities. "The government doesn't want those banks to exist in that fashion any longer. It wants to see a spreading of, if you will, the risks across the banking industry."

"The fact of the matter is it doesn't seem to care what it's doing to the economy," he added. "Removing credit progressively from the United States economy (is) going to force this recession to occur."

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