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Bernanke must go

...released. The official excuse for such secrecy at the time of lending is that the borrowing institutions could suffer "bank runs" if their loans were made public. That is debatable, but there is no excuse for keeping the information secret for...
Outside editorial: Stress tests: Tell it like it is

...banking sector. If the news about the health of the banks is bad, it could lead to a further freezing of the system or to bank runs. But much of the information inevitably will make its way into the public domain anyway; no bank that does well on the...
Connected life a great gift during any season

...spreads like wildfire, causing episodes of epidemic hysteria in which everyone thinks they are sick even if they are not. Bank runs topple small banks, threatening whole financial systems. This panoply of perils that spread through our social networks...
Outside editorial: Mortgage lending needs new standards

...reserve requirements, forcing owners to keep more of their own money in their operation as a cushion against losses and bank runs. That will cut profits, so expect investment bankers to whine. Regulate too firmly and they could also say goodbye...
Globalize financial crisis response

...Europeans are already doing, many countries will need to expand coverage of their deposit insurance programs to discourage bank runs. Parallel or uniform policy steps through which unlimited insurance is provided for at least a temporary period, as...
Outside column: A chilling uncertainty

...noted that those present "had forgotten to be Republicans or Democrats." By creating deposit insurance, FDR reduced bank runs. His Securities Act of 1933 laid the ground for a transparent national stock market. Equities shot up. But other policies...


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