The Purpose Of Banking (transforming Banking For Stability And Economic Growth)

By (author) Thakor Anjan V.

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By (author) Thakor Anjan V.
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A thoughtful and thought generating overview of what ails the banking sector and a reminder that the purpose of banks is to help create economic growth.
Banks and other financial institutions play a fundamental and yet divisive role in the health of any economy. As lenders they are important to everyone seeking a mortgage or a car loan. As investors they are essential gears of economic progress. And yet when crises hit and the economy tumbles, they are vilified. Is it possible for the banking and financial sectors to both be crisis-free and sustain economic growth that benefits everyone? This is the central question that Anjan Thakor, one of the leading analysts of banking and financial institutions, takes up in this insightful overview of the purpose of banking. He starts with the foundations of banks as safe-keepers of assets and providers of liquidity crucial to a dynamic economy. They manage risk, monitor borrowers, create trust, are providers of information, and facilitate innovation. And yet notwithstanding these essential purposes, the reputation of banks has suffered tremendously in the wake of crises that have harmed the financial sector, the real economy, and many people. The reason, Thakor argues, is that banks have lost sight of their higher purpose, which is tied to their role as safe-keepers of assets and creators of value. These essential economic functions should drive banks'' culture, capital structure, and customer relationships. Credit ratings cannot replace relationships, leverage is no substitute for judgment, and the pursuit of profit should not come at the expense of prudence. Thakor shows that while governments can play an important role in creating the environment of banks, including through microprudential and macroprudential regulation, ultimately it is up to banks to improve their culture and align it with their purpose in society.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Money, Guns and Lawyers: The Business of Banking Chapter 2: The Origins of Banking and The Services Banks Provide: Customers, Investors And Other Stakeholders Chapter 3: Financial System Architecture: Where Do Banks Sit In The Financial System? Chapter 4: Out of Sight Out of Mind?: Off-Balance Sheet Banking Chapter 5: When Your Chickens Come Home to Roost: Bank Capital and Financial Stability Chapter 6: Financial Crises and Banks: What Caused The Great Recession? Chapter 7: The Real Nature of The Beast, The Pain It Caused and Future Prevention Chapter 8: Higher Purpose, Culture and Capital: Is Banking On Culture A Capital Idea? Chapter 9: The Final Frontier: An Improved Banking System to Achieve Financial Stability and Economic Growth Chapter 10: Closing Curtain: A New Banking System Design Chapter 11: The Closing Curtain: Fintech and Banking
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The author, Anjan Thakor, provides a comprehensive, cogent, and accessible analysis of the issues with a narrative grounded in academic research. Along the way, he provides the reader with a deeper understanding of the core functions of banking, often by using intuitive and fun historical analogies. While reading, it became quite clear to me why the author has been such a prolific banking scholar and decorated teacher.
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Aworld-renowned banking expert, Anjan Thakor takes us through a fascinating tour of the banking industry from its very beginnings in Ancient Rome to the ideal bank of the future. If you''ve ever wondered why banks exist and whether fintech will make them obsolete, this book is for you.
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It is refreshing to have one of banking''s most prolific and insightful scholars remind us of a time-honored touchstone of business: authentic leadership requires unselfish,or at least oblique, behaviors. Culture may be the softest of organizational assets, but it is also the most trenchant. Thakor ma
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Author By (author) Thakor Anjan V.
EAN 9780190919535
Contributors Thakor Anjan V.
Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
Languages English
Country of Publication United States
Width 161 mm
Height 237 mm
Thickness 24 mm
Product Forms Hardback
Availability in Stores ABC Dbayeh, Global
Weight 0.484000
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