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2019-08-10

The Great Recession, which saw the collapse of 27 major financial companies worldwide, didn’t feature people running on banks.

Instead, the Great Recession featured banks running on banks. 

In 2008, financial panic here at home took down, in succession, Countrywide Financial, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, AIG, and Washington Mutual.

Laurence Kotlikoff via John Mauldin 9 August 2019




As soon as people start to think a bank is going bust, it’s doomed. 
So it needs enough equity to absorb severe losses and continue operating. 

Bloomberg Editorial 16 April 2018

The alchemy is “the belief that money kept in banks can be taken out whenever depositors ask for it”


Lord Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England.  



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