March 02, 2016

The limits to productivity growth are also defined by the willingness to take risks.

Sir, John Kay writes “The limits to productivity growth are set only by the limits to human inventiveness” “Prepare for the dawn of a second special century” March 2.

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! These are also set by the willingness to pursue that human inventiveness no matter how risky it is.

And that is what our society has much stopped to do, primarily because our regulators gave our banks incentives to embrace what is perceived as safe and stay away from what is perceived as risky; and this even when (supposedly) according to Mark Twain “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”

Risktaking is the oxygen of development and a must for muscular and sustainable economic growth.

As is our banks do not finance any longer the riskier future, they just refinance the safer past.

@PerKurowski ©