Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The precautionary principle states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is not harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action.
I have for years denounced that the credit-risk weighted capital requirements for banks adopted by the Basel Accord as the pillar of their regulations seriously distort the allocation of bank credit to the real economy.
The consequences of too much bank credit to what is perceived as “safe” and too little credit to what is perceived is that banks do not any longer finance the risky future, our children and grandchildren need to be financed, but only refinance the safer past. With this the world is slowly but surely coming to a grinding halt.
But the Basel Committee, the Financial Stability Board, the European Commission on Banking and Finance, IMF, BIS, ECB, Fed, FDIC, BoE and all other relevant institutions just look away and do not want that issue discussed.
It sure is a flagrant violation of the precautionary principle that will cause immense damage.
Please… help me break the silence of that irresponsible mutual admiration club!