July 31, 2012

The buck is being broken everywhere and investors know it.

Sir, Gillian Tett discusses the money market funds’ issue of “break the buck”, the return of less than 100 percent of investors’ cash, “The Achilles heel of America’s financial system”, July 31. 

The truth though is that the buck is being broken everywhere, especially if it is a real term buck, and investors have no other choice but to accept it … just look at Treasuries. 

And so clearly, the faster all explicit or implicit artificial guarantees are dismantled, the lesser distortions are produced, and the faster we might be able to return to some market sanity. 

But that would of course also requires the removal of all the regulatory distortions introduced in bank lending based on perceived risk, and which was and is the real cause of so much buck breaking going on.