WASHINGTON — Though she has appeared neutral on the subject in the past, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair pointedly argued Monday that her agency should gain the power to step in when any systemically important company gets into trouble.

Appearing at the Economic Club of New York, Bair said the FDIC has more expertise and experience than any current or future agency at cleaning up gigantic nonbanks, and even offered hints on how she might do it.

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