Ashleigh Rogers
Long/short equity, growth at reasonable price, value, banks

BB&T Corp Is Big Enough To Endure But Small Enough To Succeed

There has been a lot of talk among investors over the last few years about the new paradigm of TBTF or "Too Big To Fail". Generally this concept is applied to banks of course, but occasionally it affects other financial firms like insurers. Regardless, it has become clear over the last few years that while being TBTF may provide valuable protection in an economic crisis and thus limit the downside for a stock, it also comes with a hefty price tag. TBTF firms face enormous scrutiny from regulators, limited ability to buy new firms or get larger, difficulty in distributing capital to shareholders, and a constant barrage of general criticism and questions about firm probity from the media and general...

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