Thoughts: Duh

"The frugal times forced [British Air] to focus on being profitable rather than big." —Economist, 04.28.07

Other Related/Recent:

"Despite a decade of banking mergers, there is no evidence that big banks are any more efficient or profitable than their smaller rivals."—Financial Times, on possible Barclays-ABN Amro merger (subscription required)

"When it comes to asking the stock market whether bigger banks are better, the current answer is a resounding 'no.'"—Citigroup analysis, 2006

Dick Kovacevich, Wells Fargo: "You don't get better by being bigger. You get worse."

NB: Saving grace, per TP, is that Royal Bank of Scotland counteroffer will likely result in breaking up ABN Amro.

#1: Duh.
#2: So why do we keep doing the same stupid stuff over and over and over?