Bloomberg Law
March 17, 2023, 7:11 PM

Matt Levine’s Money Stuff: Big Banks Give First Republic Money

Matt Levine

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Banking is a confidence trick. You put money in the bank today because you are confident you can take it out tomorrow; to you, a dollar that you have deposited in the bank is just as good — just as much money — as a dollar bill in your wallet. If you show up at the ATM at any time of day or night, you expect it to give you your dollars. But the bank doesn’t just put your dollars in a box and wait for you to take them out; the bank uses its depositors’ money to make ...