Lecture 13: Banks. What Are Banks?. Commercial Banks: Principal activity: receives deposits and makes loans.
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Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act 1980 phased out deposit rate ceilings
Ronald Reagan belief in free markets loosened regulation, but forgot to cancel their insurance
Regulators lax in the past had no incentive to reveal their own past mistakes: they kept quiet and hoped that good fortune would prevent their errors from creating a banking crisis.