"There will be a substantial number of mergers if it's shown that this can work," said Stephen Cross, a former top examiner of the Federal Home Loan banks.

Future of Home Loan Banks Tied to Seattle-Des Moines Merger Talks

The proposed merger of the Home Loan banks in Seattle and Des Moines could spur massive consolidation among their sister banks, but only if the two show it's possible to overcome governance and other logistical challenges that have deterred similar deals.

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