Analysis

Falling oil prices

Should banks be worried?

Explore the likely effects of low oil prices on different banking activities and potential strategic implications for banks.

Falling oil prices: Should banks be worried?

Oil prices down by 60 percent, worries of state-level economic impact, and, in the background, fears about unforeseen consequences for financial firms: bankers who remember the 1980s probably feel a strong sense of déjà vu—and more than a little concern.

While the impact on the overall US banking industry is probably moderate, banks concentrated in oil-related industries or geographies will face meaningful challenges. Read this Closer Look for an examination of the likely effects of low oil prices on different banking activities and potential strategic implications for banks.

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