Universal Banking in the United States: What Could We Gain? What Could We Lose?

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The purpose of this book is to evaluate the case for and against eliminating the barriers that have so long existed between banking and other types of financial services in the U.S. Universal banking systems in other countries are examined.
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"Universal Banking in the United States is an excellent book that provides a careful, in-depth analysis of the case for and against a shift to universal banking in the US...Quite readable and extremely interesting. It is of interest to a wide audience, including bankers, regulators, and lobbyists, and should be read by every US legislator."—Bankers Magazine

"That powers will be expanded for U.S. banks is a foregone conclusion, the only question is when and how. In this book, Saunders and Walter provide bankers, regulators, and the public with a roadmap of both the consequences of permitting banks to offer different types of new activities and the experiences of foreign countries with alternative forms of universal banking."—George G. Kaufman, Loyola University

"Saunders and Walter explain why and how the U.S. can benefit from adopting a regulatory structure that simultaneously relaxes restraints on the activities of private institutions and tightens restraints on these institutions' government supervisors. The key to safely unfettering government-guaranteed private players is to ensure that sensible capital requirements are formulated and enforced."—Edward J. Kane, Boston College

"Universal Banking in the United States: What could we gain? What could we lose? by Anthony Saunders and Ingo Walter provides a very good exposition of the market, regulatory, and policy dimensions associated with developing a universal banking system in the United States. The book is highly recommended to those who would like to get a better understanding of the pros and cons of universal banking."—The Financier: ACMT

"The authors provide a wide-ranging, detailed survey of institutional differences in regulation and business practices of banking systems in various countries... this is a commendable book full of useful information, which provides a wealth of careful and accessible analysis for public policy makers, scholars, and graduate students interested in bank regulatory reform."—Journal of Economic Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195080698
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Banking Structure and Global Competition
2. Measures of Competitive Performance in Global Financial Markets
3. Economics of Scale and Scope Among the World's Largest Banks
4. The Nature of Universal Banking
5. The Risk of Nonbank Activities
6. How Risky Would Universal Banks Be?
7. Universal Banking and Reform of the Financial Safety Net
8. Towards a Rational and Competitive Regulatory Structure
Annex: Summary of Laws Affecting Domestic Activities of Commercial Banks in Major Industrialized Countries

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