April 29, 2010

But what were the regulators smoking?

Sir in “Double or quits for the eurozone” April 29, you say that “Credit raters made things worse by again following the markets they are supposed to advise”. Would you care to expand a little bit on that?

To me it was really the regulators who made things worse by telling banks to have capital in accordance to what the credit rating agencies say... and for instance allowed the banks to stock up on Greek public debt with only 1.6 percent of capital... in other words authorizing the banks to have a 62.5 to 1 leverage when dealing with Greece! What were the regulators smoking?