July 28, 2014

The collateral damage produced in the economy by faulty bank regulations, was mostly for the lack of a purpose.

Sir, Wolfgang Münchau writes “The west risks collateral damage by punishing Russia” July 28. That could be… but at least that would be the consequence of a purpose.

What is truly sad is to see that all collateral damage in the economy resulting from the distortions originated when favoring with ultra small capital requirements for banks assets perceived as absolutely safe, was more for the lack of a purpose.

John Augustus Shedd, 1850-1926 wrote “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for”

And though that clearly goes for banks too, that was something completely ignored by bank regulators.

Münchau writes “If you want to know how sanctions will affect the global economy, it is best to follow the money”. Indeed, and why does he not follow the money to understand where the global sanctions against the risky having access to bank credit took us? To lending too much to Greece? To investing too much in AAA-rated securities? To financing too much real estate in Spain? I believe so, but since he keeps so mum on it, what does he believe?