US Financial Crisis: Morgan Stanley as a Universal Bank


Code : ECC0027

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Industry : Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

Region : US

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Abstract:In 2008, the US Financial Crisis assumed huge proportions, swallowing one firm after the other, particularly the once glorious investment banks. Morgan Stanley (MS), a successful investment bank since its inception, was no exception. The case study, 'US Financial Crisis: Morgan Stanley as a Universal Bank', deals with the status of MS pre- and post- financial crisis. The case examines the involvement of MS in the financial crisis through its business in the subprime market. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, to save itself from bankruptcy and fading into oblivion, the bank decided to convert itself into a bank holding company. The dilemma presented in the case is if MS will be able to continue the tradition of its glorious past even in its new role of a bank holding company.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the major factors responsible for US Financial Crisis (2008)
  • To understand and assess different banking business models
  • To critically examine Morgan Stanley's decision to operate as a bank holding company.

    Keywords : Subprime, Financial crisis, US Banks, Investment Bank, Universal Bank, Bankruptcy, Morgan Stanley, CDOs, Bailout, Federal Reserve, Bank holding Company

    Contents :
    History of Morgan Stanley
    Exposure of Morgan Stanley to the Subprime Crisis
    Effects of the Financial Crisis on Morgan Stanley
    The Future of Morgan Stanley

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