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ECONOMICS & PUBLIC POLICY FORUM - Banking: Which is Better - Big or Small?
BOX LUNCH included with Registration
The Economics and Public Policy Forum is a monthly discussion group of Booth alumni and students who gather over lunch to discuss a pre-selected topic and reading material. This is a collegial gathering of equals and we do not present speakers. The TOPIC and PRE-READING are:
BANKING: WHICH IS BETTER - BIG OR SMALL?
When it comes to banking, which is better? Large multi-national banks or small community banks? Do large banks create inherent risk? Are large banks "too big to fail"? Are smaller banks the answer or are they "too small to succeed"? With banking margins low, is consolidation necessary to survive and make a profit? Just how are large banks and small banks doing these days? Please read the short articles below (appx. 10 pages total) and join us for a discussion with colleagues over lunch.
Big Banks: Now Even Too Bigger to Fail, BloombergBusinessweek Politics & Policy, David J. Lynch, 04/19/12 (1-2 pages), http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-19/big-banks-now-even-too-bigger-to-fail
Big isn’t bad, banks tell Fed, The Washington Post with Bloomberg, Dave Clarke, Reuters, 04/27/12 (1-2 pages), http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/big-isnt-bad-banks-tell-fed/2012/04/27/gIQAxPTHmT_story.html
Small Banks in US Bailout Pool under Pressure, EconomicTimes – Reuteres, 04/25/12 (1-2 pages), http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-04-25/news/31399216_1_community-banks-bailout-money-bailout-program
More Customers Leaving Big Banks, Blake Ellis, CNN Money,02/27/12 (1-2 pages), http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/27/pf/customers_big_banks/index.htm
Community Banking, Fed Res Chairman Ben S. Bernanke,speech 02/16/12 (4 pages), http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/bernanke20120216a.htm
Optional Reading / Viewing:
Big Banks: Cure or Cursefor the Global Economy? Davos 2012 Bloomberg, 01/28/12 (55 minutes), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga8m37pO7ow
How Big Banks Threaten Our Economy, Warren Stephens, TheWall Street Journal, Opinion, 05/01/12 , http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304444604577337713603723718.html