Genealogy of American Finance

Hardcover | March 17, 2015

byRobert E. Wright, Richard SyllaForeword byCharles M. Royce

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In this unique, well-illustrated book, readers learn how fifty financial corporations came to dominate the U.S. banking system and their impact on the nation's political, social, and economic growth. A story that spans more than two centuries of war, crisis, and opportunity, this account reminds readers that American banking was never a fixed enterprise but has evolved in tandem with the country.

More than 225 years have passed since Alexander Hamilton created one of the nation's first commercial banks. Over time, these institutions have changed hands, names, and locations, reflecting a wave of mergers, acquisitions, and other restructuring efforts that echo changes in American finance. Some names, such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will be familiar to readers. The origins of others, including Zions Bancorporation, founded by Brigham Young and owned by the Mormon Church until 1960, are surprising. Exploring why some banks failed and others thrived, this book wonders, in light of the 2008 financial crisis, whether recent consolidations have reached or even exceeded economically rational limits. A key text for navigating the complex terrain of American finance, this volume draws a fascinating family tree for projecting the financial future of a nation.

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In this unique, well-illustrated book, readers learn how fifty financial corporations came to dominate the U.S. banking system and their impact on the nation's political, social, and economic growth. A story that spans more than two centuries of war, crisis, and opportunity, this account reminds readers that American banking was never...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 12 × 10 × 0.98 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231170262

ISBN - 13:9780231170260

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Foreword, by Charles M. RoyceOverview of the Big 50Introduction: A Brief History of Banking in AmericaBanks, Holding Companies and Corporate Genealogies: Necessary Technical TalkThe Big 50Ally FinancialAmerican ExpressAmerican International GroupBancWestBank of AmericaBank of New York MellonBB&TBBVA Compass BancsharesBMO FinancialBOK FinancialCapital One FinancialCharles SchwabCIT GroupCitigroupCity NationalComericaDeutsche BankDiscover FinancialE*TradeFifth Third BancorpFirst NiagaraGeneral Electric CapitalGoldman SachsHSBC North AmericaHudson City BancorpHuntington BancsharesJohn Deere CapitalJPMorgan ChaseKeyCorpM&T BankMorgan StanleyNew York Community BancorpNorthern TrustPeople's United FinancialPNC Financial ServicesPopularPrincipal Financial GroupRBS-Citizens FinancialRegions FinancialSantander Holdings USAState StreetSunTrust BanksSynovus FinancialTD Bank US HoldingU.S. BancorpUnionBanCalUSAAUtrecht-America HoldingsWells FargoZions BancorporationConclusionIllustration CreditsIndexAcknowledgments

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A lavishly illustrated volume.... Genealogy of American Finance is a remarkable and durable achievement, definitive and magisterial.