Investment Banking in 2008 (A): Rise and Fall of the Bear

Kellogg School of Management Cases

ISSN: 2474-6568

Publication date: 20 January 2017


An analysis of the fall of Bear Stearns facilitates an understanding of the difficulties affecting the entire investment banking industry: high leverage, overreliance on short-term financing, excessive risk taking on proprietary trading and asset management desks, and myopic senior management all contributed to the massive losses and loss of confidence. The impact on the global economy was of epic proportions.



Stowell, D. and Meagher, E. (2017), "Investment Banking in 2008 (A): Rise and Fall of the Bear", Kellogg School of Management Cases.

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