The terms system and industry are frequently used interchangeablyand with obfuscatory results. Members of Congress are especially prone to do so, and would profit from a perusal of the volume at hand. So will most bankers. The author, Jeremy Taylor, a bank officer, is typical of the younger breed of banking writers in combining hands-on practical experience with the ability to handle high-powered abstractions successfully. . . . This book is the latest in a useful series of publications by Quorum Books, generally dissident in both perspective and tone, yet thoroughly persuasive in substance. Bankers Monthly
The continuing rise in bank failures, including newsmaking crashes at such banks as Penn Square and Continental Illinois, along with the insolvency of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation Fund, has eroded confidence in the nation's banking system. Taylor offers an analysis of the implications that events over the past years have had for the future operation of the U.S. banking system. In analyzing why the system is in such disequilibrium, Taylor presents a systemic view of banking operations and functions, a perspective he argues has been lacking in previous works on the subject. He also suggests ways to remedy the current crisis situation and restore individual and institutional customer confidence.
Taylor's systemic approach enables him to compare the present U.S. situation to the British banking crisis of 1973-1975. He analyzes a series of bank failures and explains that the FDIC has three alternatives to bank failures: payoffs, bailouts, and buyouts. He introduces a new model designed to help the financial and banking communities resolve certain difficulties and proposes new ways of dealing with credit risk and credit malfunction. Finally, Taylor stresses the importance of social consensus and the function played by public opinion in aiding or avoiding potential bank failures. An important addition to the banking and finance curriculum, this book will also benefit banking executives and policymakers concerned with today's unacceptably high level of bank failure.
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About the Author
JEREMY F. TAYLOR is Strategic Planning Officer at Key Bank of Central New York. He has written articles published in the Journal of Commercial Bank Lending, Bankers' Monthly, the ABA Banking Journal, The Bankers' Magazine, Business Quarterly, Management World, and Bankers' Newsweekly.
Table of Contents
Checking the Ledger: Banking Today
The Banking System
In Troubled Times
Of Machines and Men: Bank Technology in Global Markets
The Case of the Vanishing Margin
The Credit Malfunction
The Systemic Environment
Comparing Crises: The British Secondary Banking Crisis of the 1970s
Strategy for the System
The System Is the Solution