Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sadly the Basel Committee did not perform a Gedankenexperimente before regulating banks.

I just read about "Gedankenexperimente" in The Economist of June 10, 2017 "Quantum mechanics and relativity theory: Does one thing lead to another?

So, if the Basel Committee had done a Gedankenexperimente before regulating banks, then, if also applying Werner Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, they would have understood that the better current risks are perceived and the more you want banks to go for what is now safe, the riskier the future becomes.

First, because risk taking is the oxygen of development and a better future is built at least as much upon failures than upon successes. 

Second because what would be perceived as safe in the present would then get too much access to bank credit and thereby at one point in the future become very risky.

And so the regulators would have realized that with their risk weighted capital requirements for banks, they would be setting up the bank system for the worst kind of explosion imaginable, namely huge exposures to something very safe, turning very risky, against little capital, and with a real economy that has gone soft. 

PS. July 2011 I wrote twice to the Financial Times about Basel Committee’s regulations and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle but, since I have been censored by FT, the editor was not interested.