September 02, 2016

When will the Basel Committee define the purpose of our banks, and regulate accordingly?

Sir, Jim Brunsden writes of a “letter from the banking associations [that] calls on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision to scrap plans for a floor limiting how far a bank can decrease its capital requirements by using internal risk models. “Lenders step up their fight against global capital reform.” September 2.

My immediate reaction could be to ask the bankers: When will you return to earning your returns on equity by doing banking and not by minimizing equity?

The current confusions about bank regulations all begin with that mindboggling fact that the regulator has not defined the purpose of banks. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.” John A Shedd, 1850-1926

When will the regulator understand that banks must finance the “riskier” future and not just refinance the “safer” past?

When will the regulator understand that what’s rated AAA is more dangerous to banks than what’s rated below BB-?

When will the regulator understand Voltaire’s “May God defend me from my friends. I can defend myself from my enemies”

When will the regulator understand that risk weighted capital requirements distorts the allocation of credit?

PS. Sir, from your steadfast silence on these issues I can only deduct your “Without fear and without favour” is pure BS. You are clearly beholden to banks and their regulators, caring very little for the real economy on Main Street.

@PerKurowski ©