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Top performing small banks: making money the old-fashioned way


  • Benton E. Gup
  • John R. Walter


Although the profitability of U.S. small banks shrank in the 1980s, two percent of these banks remained highly profitable by emphasizing basic banking, namely acquiring low-cost funds and making low-risk investments.

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  • Benton E. Gup & John R. Walter, 1989. "Top performing small banks: making money the old-fashioned way," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Nov, pages 23-35.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedrer:y:1989:i:nov:p:23-35:n:v.75no.6

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    1. John R. Walter & David L. Mengle, 1987. "A review of bank performance in the Fifth district, 1986," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Jul, pages 29-37.
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    4. Douglas G. Duncan & George B. Wallace, 1992. "National And Regional Persistence Of High Performance Agricultural Banks In The 1980s," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 22(1), pages 89-103, Summer.
    5. Gary C. Zimmerman, 1996. "Factors influencing community bank performance in California," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, pages 26-40.

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