"They [the biggest banks] will try all avenues. … At the end of the day, smaller firms will have to watch out for themselves."

Paul Alapat, at Amba Research, theorizing that the fate of regional institutions' investment banking operations hinges on how their larger competitors react to financial reform. TUESDAY
"In some cases, bankers are saying that examiners passed over it without any problems. Others say farm loans are being looked at like they are toxic assets."

John Blanchfield, of the American Bankers Association, on how some farm-focused banks have faced tougher supervision than others. WEDNESDAY
"There's a real unfairness in saying, 'I didn't have any coverage, but I want you to treat me as if I did, and I want you to pay me for it.' " … You certainly feel for people who lost some of their deposits, but they shouldn't have been surprised. They knew what their coverage was."

Wayne Abernathy, of the American Bankers Association, noting that bank premiums will have to cover the cost of a bill to retroactively extend deposit insurance coverage of $250,000 per account at all banks that failed in 2008. THURSDAY
"Some of these amendments, quite frankly, would hurt the housing market, hurt the economic recovery, and hurt the mission of FHA."

David Stevens, supporting original legislation to recapitalize the FHA, of which he's commissioner, by letting it raise annual premiums on borrowers. FRIDAY
"For some reason, the people at Hexagon don't understand we're not going to take a hit. We don't have to. … We're not the only people who feel this way. We're just the loudest."

Brett Jefferson, of Hildene Capital Management, responding to critics who say the hedge fund is indiscriminately opposing bank recapitalization deals that would require trust-preferred securities holders to take losses.

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