Friday, May 4, 2012

But, whatever it does, Europe first needs to put the sparkplugs back into its economic engine.

Those sparkplugs, the risk-takers, the “risky” small business and entrepreneurs, were forcedly removed by the regulators when they decided to base the capital requirements for banks on the perceived risks of default, as if those perceptions were not already discriminated for sufficiently by the banks. 

What these regulations delivered, as should have been expected, are dangerous obese bank exposures to what is officially perceived as not-risky, and, for us and economic growth, equally dangerous anorexic exposures to what is officially perceived as “risky”. 

But, unfortunately, what does Mario Draghi of ECB and his fellow failed regulators know about sparkplugs?