U.S. Banks Risk ‘Untold Problem’ as Muni Debt Swells By Dakin Campbell (Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc., State Street Corp. and U.S. Bancorp are among U.S. banks whose municipal bond holdings have reached a 25-year high just as state budget deficits swell to $140 billion, the most since the start of the recession. Commercial lenders added
Small business loans get big lift
Luckily, America hasn’t yet been confronted with a financial crisis “fix” that exceeds its capacity to borrow. But to ensure that doesn’t happen in the future, institutions need to be appropriately sized so that they aren’t crucial enough to create the hope for financial help when times get tough.