Friday, May 31, 2019

My 4 tweets on the access to bank credit war

1. Way too much discussions on whether bank capital requirements should be 4%, 8%, 15%, 20% or whatever, and way to little about the fact that different capital requirements for different assets, dangerously distorts the allocation of bank credit.

2. The risk weights in the risk weighted capital requirements for banks are de facto tariffs on the access to bank credit. Sovereigns 0%, AAA rated 20%, residential mortgages 35%, unrated citizens 100%, below BB- corporates 150%.

3. So why do all those who tear their clothes about trade protectionism, keep silence about the access to bank credit protectionism imposed by “the safe” on “the risky”, and which can have even much more serious implications for the world economy.

4. As is it guarantees especially large bank crises from especially big exposures to what’s perceived as especially safe, against especially little capital.
As is, by favoring credit to the “safer” present over the “riskier” future it guarantees stagnation.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Many experts read, agree and rightfully praise Hans Rosling, yet don’t understand him at all.

I quote from “Factfulness”, 2018 by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund. 

Fear vs. Danger. Being afraid of the Right Things:

Fear can be useful but only if it is directed at the right things. The fear instinct is a terrible guide for understanding the world. It make us give our attention to the unlikely dangers that we are most afraid of, and neglect what is actually most risky…

‘Frightening’ and ‘Dangerous’ are different things. Something frightening poses a perceived risk. Something dangerous poses a real risk. Paying too much attention to what is frightening rather than to what is dangerous--that is, paying too much attention to fear--creates a tragic drainage of energy in the wrong directions.

But here we are, with expert bank regulators who, with their credit risk weighted capital requirements, decided that what is frightening to them, namely what is perceived risky, is more dangerous to our bank system than what is really dangerous to it, namely what is perceived as safe.

And so by imposing their fear on our banks we have:

A banking system that is doomed to especially large crises, as a result of building up especially large exposures to what is especially perceived as safe, against especially little capital.

A banking system that finances way too much the safer present and way too little the riskier future, dooming our economy to a lack of the oxygen it most needs, namely that of risk taking.

Where would we be had they introduced their fright of what they perceive as risky a couple of hundred years before their 1988 Basel Accord?

To top it up they decreed a risk weight of 0% to the sovereign and 100% to the citizen, and with that, they guaranteed way too high exposures to what I am most scared of, namely a great overhang of public debt that will cloud the future of my grandchildren.