Tag Archives: China

Banks Desperately Need A Crisis Management Plan (Part 2)

A few days ago I posted an article, which can be found here, setting out why banks needed to up their game in terms of developing a plan to manage the current crisis, otherwise they faced the imposition of regulations and higher capital requirements that would be bad for them and bad for their economies. Well both Barclays and Deutsche just got a nasty surprise. Continue reading

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Bloomberg Contributor Predicts Fall Of The Chinese Economy

A Bloomberg article by William Pesek predicts the fall of the Chinese economy based on the fact that the country has embarked on a project to build the largest skyscraper in the world–as did the US, Japan, Malaysia and Japan before it. Continue reading

The Disastrous History of Financial and Market Dogma

Like alchemists on an eternal quest for a method for turning base metals into gold, the financial markets have proved susceptible to one dogma after another—with disastrous consequences.

One of the primary causes of the massive growth in the subprime market was the idea that if you took a well-diversified portfolio of sub-investment grade loans you could convert them into AAA securities. Some market professionals were even of the opinion that the level of risk reduction that could be achieved through diversification could effectively, with the aid of a few credit derivatives, immunize banks from any significant losses whatsoever.

While acknowledging that was the prevailing view, Alan Greenspan the former Fed Chairman had another perspective. In a column in the Financial Times of March 26, 2009 Greenspan stated:

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