Tuesday, February 24, 2015
For more than a decade and still at this particular moment any European bank, including Greek banks, has been required to hold much more equity when lending to any Greek small business or entrepreneur, than when lending to any European sovereign or European corporation that possesses a good credit rating.
And therefore European and Greek banks, scarce of equity, are not lending sufficiently to Greek small businesses or entrepreneurs… nor for that matter to other European small businesses or entrepreneurs.
And anyone who believes Greece (and Europe) can be pulled out of its current problems, by not giving fair access to its small businesses or entrepreneurs, has no idea of what goes on in the real economy.
If there is something Greece (and Europe) needs, urgently, is to get rid of those odiously discriminating risk adverse equity requirements, those which have banks not financing the risky future any longer, but trampling stale water, only refinancing the supposedly safer past.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.” John Augustus Shedd, 1850-1926
God make us daring!
PS. In relation to this you might be interested in: “Who did Europe in!”
PS. Here is a more complete explanation of what is wrong.
PS. Here is an alternative action plan for the ECB.