Saturday, May 23, 2015

When are we going to fine or shame the regulators, The Great Distorters, The Great Manipulators of bank-credit markets?

Of course I do not mind banks paying fines because of their misbehaving though I would like these fines to be paid with shares of the banks, since requiring these to be paid in cash, which weakens the banks, sounds like societal masochism to me.

But what I really would like to see, if not being fined, bank regulators being shamed for the horrible distortion, the horrible manipulation, their credit-risk-weighted requirements have caused to the allocation of bank credit to the real economy.

And all that distortion and all that manipulation for absolutely no reason… since major bank crises never result from excessive bank exposure to what is ex ante perceived as risky.

Just to think of all those potentially opportunity and job creating credits that have been and are negated to SMEs and entrepreneurs, only because regulators believe themselves able to manage the banking-risks for the world, makes me cry for all those Millennials, and their descendants, who will have to live with the consequences of these stupid risk-adverse Baby-boomers.

And some of these regulators are even ideological infiltrators… because how else can one describe anyone who comes up with the notion of assigning a zero-risk-weight to the government, and a 100 percent risk weight to the citizens who represent the only back-up of that government.