Bank run


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Bank run (bank panic)

A series of unexpected cash withdrawals caused by a sudden decline in depositor confidence or fear that the bank will be closed by the chartering agency, i.e. many depositors withdraw cash almost simultaneously. Since the cash reserve a bank keeps on hand is only a small fraction of its deposits, a large number of withdrawals in a short period of time can deplete available cash and force the bank to close and possibly go out of business.

Bank Run

An event in which many account holders at a bank withdraw all of their funds at the same time because they do not believe the bank is solvent. Ironically, the pressure of a bank run itself can cause the bank to become insolvent. In the United States, bank runs were fairly common before the creation of the FDIC, which insures bank deposits up to a certain amount. See also: Panic.
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Fourth, we are convinced that the risk of bank run in the V4 countries is not only theoretical and imaginary eventuality but deserves a serious research interest.
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A bank run occurs when depositors believe that their bank will be unable to honor all of its deposit liabilities; depositors rush to the bank and attempt to withdraw as much of their money as they can, in order to avoid losing all or most of it.