The U.S. as a nation is coming ever closer to what has become known as the fiscal cliff, the automatic tax increases and spending cuts aimed at reducing our national debt. But if Congress can't find a more tempered bipartisan solution to the debt issue, the drastic measures coming from the fiscal cliff may severely impact our economy in the short term, and many business and financial institutions are concerned.

But what about the big banks? Will this be hard for them too, or are they big enough to weather the storm? Motley Fool analyst Matt Koppenheffer takes a look at how the coming economic environment might impact the big banks. 


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