September 08, 2008 at 16:15 PM EDT
For Banks, Size Does Matter, Part 2
Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. Part 1 can be found here.Last week I talked about how much it costs for many banks to raise money today. For weaker banks the cost of new capital is prohibitive. But regulatory requirements mean that you have to raise money or reduce your loan portfolio if you're found to have inadequate capital. Raising money in today’s environment is going to be difficult for many banks. Lehman (LEH) has been shopping for capital for months; Merrill (MER) has had to sell some key assets. Selling the best and ...
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