The troubles of Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Thailand may not have brought down the rest of the world, but they dampened the mood at a financial industry economic symposium last week.

At the financial structure conference of the Jerome Levy Economics Institute, an annual event at the upstate New York campus of Bard College, there was nary a peep about the recent megamerger news, nor was much said about the health of the domestic economy and its continued uplifting of bank profits.

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