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BB&T Free Enterprise Lecture Series - coming February 20, 2014

This invitation-only series features distinguished lecturers on subjects of economic interest.

The subject of this lecture:
A Century of the Federal Reserve System: Success or Failure?

Speaker and Sponsor

Lawrence White

Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and a Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at GMU. His most recent book is The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Best known for his work on free banking, Prof. White is also the author of The Theory of Monetary Institutions (1999), Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., 1995), and Competition and Currency (1989), and is the editor of The History of Gold and Silver (2000), Free Banking (1993), and other volumes. His work has appeared in leading professional journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. His popular writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and on He hosts bimonthly podcasts for Econ Journal Watch Audio and blogs at

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Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T) is a proud supporter of this lecture series.

BB&T Corporation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., is among the nation's top financial-holding companies with $183 billion in assets. Its bank subsidiaries operate more than 1,800 financial centers in the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

BB&T's operating strategy distinguishes it from other financial holding companies. BB&T's banking subsidiaries are organized as a group of community banks, each with a regional president, which allows decisions to be made locally, close to the client. This also makes BB&T's client service more responsive, reliable and empathetic.

Since 1989, BB&T has completed the acquisition of more than 60 community banks and thrifts, more than 100 insurance agencies, and 35 non-bank financial services companies. This acquisition strategy has contributed significantly to BB&T's success. BB&T currently has 30 locations in Southwest Florida.

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