Is Cyprus the Banking Anomaly?

This week, we saw the Cypriot banking system collapse and be bailed out by the E.U., with the unprecedented move that retail bankers be required to pay a percentage of their bank accounts in order to fund the bailout. News of this has since triggered a run on Cypriot banks -- and nervousness in neighboring European countries, whose banking systems have also struggled recently. Is this indicative of how banks are doing globally, or is it an anomaly?

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