Friday, April 10, 2009

The Classical Banking Club

According to the Financial Times (« Smaller UK banks », April 9, 2009) George Osborne, the conservative shadow chancellor of the Exchequer, “wants to probe whether Britain needs smaller banks. … Presumably referring to the shotgun marriage of Lloyds and Halifax Bank of Scotland, brokered by a desperate government last year, he rightly notes that it would be “a bitter irony if we came out of this crisis with a banking system that was even more concentrated and even riskier that the one we had before it”.”

A good point indeed. Welcome to the Classical Banking Club.

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