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A Bank By Any Other Name . . .

13 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2007  

Christian A. Johnson

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

George G. Kaufman

Loyola University Chicago


Banks are regulated by the government. However, because the generic term bank applies to a number of different types of financial institutions that provide different services, different types of regulation are required. This issue has attracted much attention in recent years as nonfinancial firms - including Wal-Mart - attempted to obtain a bank. This article traces changes in the definition of the term commercial bank for the purposes of regulation and discusses thee implications for one type of bank: industrial loan companies.

Keywords: bank, industrial loan corporation, bank holding company

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Christian A. and Kaufman, George G., A Bank By Any Other Name . . .. Economic Perspectives, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2007. Available at SSRN:

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George Kaufman

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