August 24, 2015

$260bn in bank fines results in about 4 trillions less bank-credit availability.

Sir, Laura Noonan, with respect to the 25 largest banks, reports “Banks fine tally since crisis hits $260bn” August 24.

And I do some multiplication $260bn times let us say a 15 to 1 leverage, results in $3.9 trillions less in bank lending capacity. So many scream bloody murder about government austerity, while not caring one iota about bank-credit austerity… how come?

Can you imagine if this $260bn in fines had been paid in fresh issued non-voting bank equity to be held by governments for about a decade?