June 19, 2014

For sturdy long term stability we need lots of short term instability, and bank regulations which do not distort.

Sir I refer to Paul Tucker´s “Financial regulation needs principles as well as rules” June 19,

Sir, I do not care much for stability in the financial system, if that stability impedes clearing out lousy banks or bankers, or if that stability is obtained by tools that hinder growth. In fact little can assure to bring on the sturdy long term stability we need, than the existence of a lot of short term instabilities.

And that is why I do get nervous when I read Paul Tucker asking regulators to go for “systemic stability” and to assign them “an explicit goal in preserving stability”… “Financial regulation needs principles as well as rules” June 19. Forget it! The unemployed European youth that could become a lost generation need moving forward more than they need stability.

But when Tucker writes “we need a clearer framework for the regulations of markets, articulated as a coherent whole and based on clear economic and policy principles addressed to real-world vulnerabilities” there I whole heartedly agree.

Problem is though that would indicate the importance of not distorting the allocation of credit to the real economy, which is precisely what the risk-weighted capital requirements do; and that out there, in the real financial world, what is most dangerous is not what is perceived as risky but what is perceived as absolutely safe, something which would point to that the risk-weighted capital requirements for banks are weighing risks 180 degrees in the wrong direction.

PS. Today in an Op-Ed in Venezuela I published “The capital control the IMF supports” you may want to have a look at it.