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Soon we’ll know what 'relationship banks' are really worth

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Since the financial crash, the crucial part of relationship banking has been pretty straightforward: offer borrowers cheap cash and become a core lender, then pitch for ancillary business. But the disastrous effects of Covid-19 on corporate finance mean that cozy relationships will be tested, with companies under pressure and in serious need of extra cash. We’ll soon know which relationships were real and which were not.

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