July 21, 2014

Eurozone cannot afford ill-targeted quantitative easing.

Sir, I refer to your “Eurozone needs quantitative easing” July 21. No! It cannot handle more distortions.

Before getting rid of the capital controls that risk-weighted capital requirements for banks represent, and which channels new liquidity to whatever is officially perceived as absolute safe, and not to where the economy most needs bank credit to go, any Eurozone quantitative easing would be plain foolish… and set the eurozone up for something even worse.

And to top it up, you suggest that quantitative easing should be carried out through the purchase of government bonds, as if the zero risk weighting of eurozone government bonds is not distortion more than enough.