Technological and Regulatory Forces in the Developing Fusion of Financial‐Services Competition

  • Author(s): George G. Kaufmann, EDWARD J. KANE
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 759-772
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1984.tb03667.x

ABSTRACT

As they reorient work flows, financial firms are simultaneously restructuring their organizations to lower net burdens from government regulation. Alternative state and federal regulatory and legislative bodies compete vigorously for the regulatory business of developing institutional hybrids. Evolution of Federal Reserve policy toward “non‐bank banks” exemplifies the process.

Product lines of traditionally heterogeneous financial institutions are rapidly fusing into a homogeneous blend. Institutions and market structures are reshaping themselves to lower the cost of serving customer demand for financial services. This paper contends that contemporary adaptations exploit scope economies rooted in technological change and deposit‐insurance subsidies to innovative forms of risk‐bearing.

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