June 30, 2010
June 29, 2010
Sir you are absolutely right in that “Shock therapy is best cure for banks”, June 29, except for when ask for new “capital requirements” when what we most need is to a return to just one single capital requirement which would stop the regulatory arbitrage among different assets.
If you have not yet been able to figure out arbitrarily low capital requirements in favor of anything that can dress up in a good credit rating, is not the main cause for the banks being pushed into having an excessive exposure to anything dressed up in a good rating, I cannot but help you are indeed a bit dense… just like the regulators.
June 28, 2010
June 27, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 21, 2010
But then came the Basel Committee regulators and, to top it up, lowered the capital requirements for what ex-ante is perceived by the credit rating agencies as having lower risks, which of course increased the banks’ expected ex-ante returns from pursuing these “low risk” opportunities.
And now, when two years after an explosion that resulted from so many banks following the minuscule capital requirements when investing in securities collateralized with subprime mortgages; and there is a bank explosion awaiting round the corner because of bank lending to well rated fancy sovereigns, like Greece, with almost no capital requirements at all; they keep on applying the same regulatory paradigm of risk-weighted assets, we can only deduct that our financial regulators simply do not get it, not even ex-post.
Please, FT, help save the world from our financial regulators´ regulatory exuberance!