October 01, 2013
December 18, 2009
Sir Anousha Sakoui in “S&P in rating threat to covered bonds” December 16, writes that these bank issued will be rated among other based on “the likelihood of government support”. Given that governments appoint financial regulators who now use the credit risk ratings issued by the credit rating agencies to decide how much equity banks need to have, presumably so that the banks won´t fail and the governments will not have to bail them out, it is absolutely crazy that the credit rating agencies when rating the risk also measure the government´s willingness to bail out the bank. Is this dangerous and incestuous circle of opinions not sheer lunacy?
November 24, 2008
But, when they suggest the use of the Financial Stability Forum (FSF) as the check-and-balance for the regulators I must alert that just widening its country representation could perhaps not suffice, since the sole fact that new members could come from different geographical areas does not guarantee any less correlation. Often the new are completely correlated with the old by means of having gone to exactly the same courses with exactly the same professors using exactly the same financial models and that rely on exactly the same financial data.
September 19, 2008
Suffice to look at how all our financial regulators belong to the same club, with all the members having exactly the same set of mind and priorities in life namely “whatever… except for a bank-default, on my watch”; and where even those who are supposed to provide regulators with oversight overwhelmingly belong to the same club.
How is a club of mutual admiration born? One way is to create a debate forum reserved for “the world’s most influential economists” and then make sure that you never analyze why the members of the group did not help to influence in averting disasters like the current financial crisis.
March 30, 2007
Now also, while observing the ever growing financial complexities, one cannot but reflect on how ironic it is that the whole financial world is currently holding its breath, just because some extremely primary and basic mortgage lending seemingly went haywire. Could it be time to ask all those experts that work so diligently in their financial laboratories, to take a short respite, and walk around in the real world for a while?