Saturday, January 24, 2015

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind”, said Winston Churchill, and sadly we’re losing ours.

A Western world that, without questioning, allows its regulators to require banks to hold more equity when lending to those perceived as risky, than when lending to those perceived as safe, is showing serious evidence of losing its mind.

Not only are those perceived as “risky” not really risky for the banking system; it is those perceived as "absolutely safe" which can be; but that also impedes our banks from allocation credit efficiently to the real economy.

It is only daring and reasoned audacity that can keep us moving forward, so as not to stall and fall. Have we become so risk-adverse so as to blind ourselves to the real risks of avoiding taking the risks we must take?