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The bankers' new clothes : what's wrong with banking and what to do about it

Author: Anat R Admati; Martin F Hellwig
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2013.
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"What is wrong with today's banking system? The past few years have shown that risks in banking can impose significant costs on the economy. Many claim, however, that a safer banking system would require sacrificing lending and economic growth. The Bankers' New Clothes examines this claim and the narratives used by bankers, politicians, and regulators to rationalize the lack of reform, exposing them as invalid.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anat R Admati; Martin F Hellwig
ISBN: 9780691156842 0691156840
OCLC Number: 812122319
Awards: Commended for Spear's Book Awards: Business Book of the Year 2013.
Description: xv, 398 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The emperors of banking have no clothes --
How borrowing magnifies risk --
The dark side of borrowing --
Is it really "a wonderful life"? --
Banking dominos --
What can be done? --
Is equity expensive? --
Paid to gamble --
Sweet subsidies --
Must banks borrow so much? --
If not now, when? --
The politics of banking --
Other people's money.
Responsibility: Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig.

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