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What caused the failure of Lehman Brothers? Could it have been prevented?

Richard Cloutier, Jr., CFA, Vice President & Chief Investment Strategist

On September 14, 2008, Lehman Brothers, one of the largest investment banks, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, capping a tumultuous year for the 158-year-old firm. With over $600 billion in assets ( Jeffers, 2011), Lehman’s filing marked the largest corporate bankruptcy in US history.

 

Why Basel III is Necessary

Richard Cloutier, Jr., CFA, Vice President & Chief Investment Strategist

The goal of Basel III is to force banks to act more prudently by improving their ability to absorb shocks arising from financial and economic stress by requiring them to maintain a much larger capital base, increasing transparency and improving liquidity.

 


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