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Banking and Financial Institutions: A Guide for Directors, Investors, and Borrowers Hardcover – Aug 9 2011


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Banks and financial institutions have had to alter the way they operate, due to various factors ranging from the global financial crisis that began in 2007 to new laws such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Understanding how these institutions function in the face of recent challenges is essential for anyone associated with them.

That's why Professor Benton Gup, who holds the Robert Hunt Cochrane/Alabama Bankers Association Chair at the University of Alabama, has created Banking and Financial Institutions. Opening with a detailed discussion of the causes of the recent financial crisis, as well as the lessons we can learn from it and other crises, this reliable guide puts modern banking in perspective.

Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, Banking and Financial Institutions examines the essential aspects of this discipline and shows you what it takes to make the most informed decisions possible—whether you're a bank director, investor, or borrower. It contains comprehensive coverage that:

  • Explains the economic role of financial intermediaries—the financial institutions that bring borrowers and savers together.

  • Addresses how banks can hedge some of their interest rate and credit risks by using various types of derivatives contracts, options, and futures.

  • Analyzes the process of commercial and industrial (C&I) lending—from how banks make loans and C&I type loans to the role of collateral.

  • Highlights the major features of real estate and consumer lending.

  • Assists you in evaluating a bank's financial statements and performance.

  • Explores payment systems, including cash, checks, credit cards, wire transfers, and other means of payment.

  • And much more.

Rounding out this detailed banking guide is an informative chapter on Islamic banking written by Professor Mohamed Ariff of Bond University, as well as a chapter filled with tips for bank directors, borrowers, and investors contributed by John Harrison, the Superintendent of Banks, Alabama State Banking Department.

As the banking industry continues to evolve, bankers as well as borrowers and stockholders must evolve with it. Banking and Financial Institutions puts you in a better position to achieve this goal and excel in such a dynamic arena.

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Banking and Financial Institutions

Financial innovations, regulations, and crises have dramatically reshaped the worlds of banking and finance. Nobody understands this better than author Benton Gup, the Robert Hunt Cochrane/Alabama Bankers Association Chair at the University of Alabama. Now, he shares his extensive experience in this field with you.

Starting with a detailed discussion of the causes of the recent financial crisis, as well as a look at some lessons we can learn from it and other crises, this reliable resource quickly moves on to put modern banking in perspective. It skillfully examines the essential aspects of this discipline and shows you what it takes to make the most informed decisions possible—whether you're a bank director, investor, or borrower.

Page by page, Banking and Financial Institutions touches upon some of the most essential issues in this arena, including the economic role of financial intermediaries, the process of commercial and industrial lending, how banks can hedge some of their interest rate and credit risks, and payment systems such as cash, checks, and wire transfers. Information on evaluating a bank's financial statements and performance as well as Islamic banking is also included.

New market realities have hit the financial industry particularly hard, and have been a real education for not only bankers and bank directors, but also borrowers and stockholders. This book will help you gain valuable insights into how banks and financial institutions have had to alter the way they operate in the face of recent challenges, and what it means to you moving forward.


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Another Book Review from the Aleph Blog Jan. 4 2014
By David Merkel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Many readers ask me for a good book on financial institutions, and this is a good one, if limited to depositary financials, not including insurance companies and asset managers.

This is a comprehensive book for depositary financials, even covering Islamic finance, which I will admit I learned from it. It is a good thing to understand in depth those with whom you you disagree. Islamic finance imbibes the errors of Aristotle, who deemed money to be sterile. Why force everyone into a mold where there can’t be loans at interest? Why restrict that freedom?

But that is a small part of the book. Most of the book deals with how banks operate. It is very good at describing how banks create profitable lending, and how they act within regulatory boundaries.

It’s a good book, and I recommend it to all.

Quibbles

That said, there were many small errors in the book, which if the author had been an intelligent bond trader, the errors would not have been in the book.

As an example, on page 32, he called an MBS to be a CDO. Yes, in an attenuated way that might be so, but for professionals that know the market, we would never phrase it that way.

Who would benefit from this book: Almost anyone will benefit from this book, but those who will benefit most are those who analyze banks.


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