What Is The Glass-Steagall Act?

Originally published on October 15, 2015 2:49 pm

The candidates in last night’s Democratic presidential debate invoked the Glass-Steagall Act as they staked out their positions on regulating big banks. The Depression-era law was designed to separate commercial and investment banks, and it was repealed in 1999 under President Bill Clinton.

Since then, critics of Wall Street say repealing the law encouraged banks to make the risky financial moves that led to the 2008 economic crisis. CNN’s Maggie Lake discusses the Glass-Steagall Act and why it matters with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson.


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