December 10, 2013

How can the west have faith in its own future when its banks are hindered to finance it?

Sir, Gideon Rachman writes “The west is losing faith in its own future” December 10.

Absolutely, but how could the west not? Capital requirements for banks that are much much lower for assets perceived as absolutely safe, than on assets perceived as risky, allow banks to earn much higher risk-adjusted returns on what is “safe” than on what is “risky” and that stops banks from financing the future and makes these concentrate on refinancing, while its worth something, the safer past.

Rest assured, with its current castrated banking system, the west would never ever have become what it became.