Risk taking is a fundamental part of finance. Without risks, markets don't work. But the balancing act between safety on one side, and growth and innovation on the other, cannot tilt too far in the wrong direction.
Ranking the largest banks in the world, it's not until the number seven slot that we find a US bank: JP Morgan Chase. What's this mean? We can't solve the issues of derivatives, leverage, and short-sighted financiers until we talk to the rest of the world.
This year's award goes to SIFMA (the lobbying group for banks like Citigroup and B of A) who created a multinational "cashroots" campaign to portray its clients as "part of the solution" to the financial crisis.