A book dedicated to all those doing their utmost to provide the financial regulators with cover.
Tentatively published in fall 2009 by the Voice and Noise Foundation
I warned many about the coming crisis, long before it happened, on many occasions and in many places, even at the World Bank. They did not want to listen and that´s ok, it usually happens, but what is not ok, is that they still do not seem to want to hear it. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” (Plato: 427 BC – 347 BC)
To put risks in perspective, I would begin any risk managing session by asking the participants:
What are the risks you most consider you cannot afford not to take?
ON THIS BANK CRISIS, I am certainly NOT a Monday Morning Quarterback
The less the perceived risk of default is, and the higher the leverage allowed, the greater the systemic risk.
Q. "If Kurowski is right, why are his arguments so ignored? A. If I had argued that the regulators were 5 to 10 degrees wrong, I would be recognized, but since I am arguing they are 150 to 180 degrees wrong, I must be ignored.