June 22, 2012

The correlation between the problem loans of banks and the lower capital requirements is 1

Sir bank regulators caused the current financial crisis by allowing banks to hold very little capital, for what was ex-ante officially perceived as not risky, and are deepening it by requiring them to hold more capital when there is none to be found.

Victor Mallet and Miles Johnson should really have titled their article “The bank that broke Spain” June 22 as “The Regulators that broke the bank that broke Spain” For how long will FT turn a blind eye to the sad fact that the Western World is drowning in seriously undercapitalized Bankias?

The Great Bank Retrenchment to the Last Safe Haven is on full speed ahead and so all our banks seem doomed to end up trampled to death on the shores of the Bundesbank and US Treasury.