The current financial crisis is a serious situation because it affects the foundation of the banking system: trust.
In most cartoons, the image of a bank is that of a safe behind bars, protected by security guards. This concept represents the essence of a bank, a place you trust to keep your money. Trust is so important that in a bank, all decisions are based on the impact that the decisions will have on the bank’s reputation.
Many years ago, banks realized that they could lend money in return for an interest rate.