Sunday, May 8, 2016

Crony bank regulations got us into serious problems

For the purpose of setting the capital requirements for banks…

To our bosses, the infallible sovereigns, the governments, let’s give them a zero percent risk weight,

To that house financing politicians want to favor, let’s give them a 35 percent risk weight.

To that AAArisktocracy that we meet in Davos, let’s give them a 20 percent risk weight.

But to the SMEs, entrepreneurs and citizens, so that we seem prudent and conservative, let’s give them a 100 percent risk weight.

And for better measure, to the below BB- rated, let us assign them a 150 percent risk weight

And so banks earned higher risk adjusted returns on what was perceived, decreed or concocted safe, than on what was perceived as risky.

And so banks held too much AAA rated securities, loans to Greece and residential housing finance… and we got us the 2007-08 crash.

And so banks hold too little loans to “risky” SMEs and entrepreneurs… and so we can’t get ourselves out of the doldrums.

Anyhow let us pray Per Kurowski does not insist in explaining to others that, with respect to the real risk assets can pose to the banking system, these risk weights could be just 180 degrees the opposite.