The banks are slowly being strangled and those who are left are squeezing out as much as they can before the banks end up not doing anything at all except sit on legacy IT systems and store unwanted bloomberg terminals. Having followed the digital currency rise of bitcoins and the US trying to hound out the exchanges and scare users into believing they are money launderers (wired), in the real world we have hedge funds now becoming banks.
Hedgies are all about risk management and having ripped apart the world of insurance, its now over to 2% a month please loan notes. Not only are they faster and better than they banks, they actually do lend out. No wonder Highbridge just raised USD3 billion to lend out. A clever way for JP Morgan to gain fees that have nothing to do with lending. You have to applaud them. (wsj)