May 22, 2015

Who’s going to fine bank regulators for manipulating credit markets?

Sir, Caroline Binham quotes Martin Wheatley, head of the Financial Conduct Authority with opining that fines are working in order to stop foreign exchange manipulations, “Bank fines credited for culture shift”, May 22.

We will see if that’s so, cross your fingers. But, much more important though, for all of us, is to stop bank regulators from manipulating the credit markets with their credit-risk-weighted capital (equity) requirements for banks.

With that they distort the allocation of bank credit to the real economy, for absolutely no reason… since major bank crises never result from excessive bank exposure to what is ex ante perceived as risky.