August 28, 2013

Much of our nations’ “desire and dreams” were killed in the laboratories of bank regulators

Sir, Luke Johnson quotes Professor Edmund Burke, from his book “Mass Flourishing” believing “that the ‘glorious history of desire and dreams’ has run out of steam”, “The small start-ups are as vital as the starts” August 28.

Of course it has. How could it not, with bank regulators who allow banks to finance the “absolutely infallible”, the AAAristocracy, against much less capital than when lending to the small risky start-ups… and which means that the banks will earn a much higher risk adjusted return on equity when lending to the former, than when to the latter.

As I had the opportunity to do in a letter yesterday I would also suggest Luke Johnson to compare today’s banking with how, in Mary Poppins, Mr. Banks and his colleagues describe their Fidelity Fiduciary Bank

If you invest your tuppence, wisely in the bank, safe and sound

Soon that tuppence, safely invested in the bank, will compound
And you'll achieve that sense of conquest, as your affluence expands
In the hands of the directors, who invest as propriety demands
You see, my friend. You'll be part of railways through Africa.
Dams across the Nile. Fleets of ocean greyhounds.
Majestic, self-amortizing canals. Plantations of ripening tea
All from tuppence, prudently, fruitfully, frugally invested.

We used to pray for in our churches “God make us daring!” Clearly our bank regulators never attended mass.