Date Added: Nov 2010
Academic literature has provided economic theories explaining the need or lack thereof for regulation of the banking industry. This paper revisits this debate with an analysis of the crisis experienced in the financial markets which peaked in 2008. This paper performs statistical analysis on the relevant financial statement ratios of commercial banks in the United States from 1994 to 1999; then, performs the same statistical analysis of the same financial statement ratios of commercial banks in the United States from 2000 to 2007 to determine whether the banking industry meltdown could have been predicted. The authors explain the connections between liquidity, profitability, and efficiency.