Saturday, November 7, 2015

Current bank regulators have no moral right to address the misconduct of other in the financial sector.

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published November 6 a progress report for the G20 on the FSB’s work on addressing misconduct in the financial sector. The progress report on the Measures to reduce misconduct risk sets out details about the FSB-coordinated work to address misconduct in the financial sector and the timeline for the actions.

For many years argued that the bank regulators themselves carried out the most serious misconduct in the financial sector.

With their portfolio invariant credit-risk weighted capital requirements for banks, imposed without the slightest evidence of having empirically studied why bank crises occur, and without defining what is the purpose of banks, they manipulated the world’s bank credit markets with serious consequences for millions.

Compared to that, the manipulation of of example the Libor rate, although clearly not to be excused in any way, is simply peanuts.

When we consider the millions of SMEs and entrepreneurs who have been impeded fair access to bank credit, and the loss of job creation for the coming generations that must have resulted from that; and the trillions of public bailout/stimulus debts hanging over us, the regulators should better retire in shame than preach about the misconduct of others.