“Too big to fail” has become “too big to buy much of anything” for the nation’s largest banks since the financial crisis.
Even several steps down from the multi-trillion-dollar-asset tier, where the push for breakups has become intense, banks haven’t been swallowing up smaller institutions like they used to. (The following graphic shows data on deals by assets sold and number of announcements, segmented by the asset size of the buyer. Interactive controls are described in the captions. Text continues below.)