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Congress Is Blowing It On Financial Reform (Again): Where Are The Limits On Leverage?

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Congress Is Blowing It On Financial Reform (Again): Where Are The Limits On Leverage?

Courtesy of The Daily Bail

Nothing about the single most relevant factor in the blow-up.

Leverage.

Until 2004 (quick refresher) our investment banks had a leverage limit of 12:1.  After Paulson led the multi-year effort to sway the SEC to drop these rules entirely, allowing 5 banks to utilize unlimited leverage, all 5 became effectively insolvent within 4 years.

It’s the most important factor in explaining how this banking crisis was so devastating compared to previous blow-ups, and why it was so widespread — European banks were (and remain) even more leveraged than our own.

And, it’s the easiest part to fix.  Just turn the rule back to pre-2004.

There are only 2 possibilities.

  • Congress is completely, undeniably, captured by Wall Street and so they did not allow leverage limits to make their way into either the House or Senate bill?  OR
  • Congress is so flipping stupid that no one thought to propose a leverage limit?

The obvious answer is ‘captured’, but the more I consider it, the second choice of ‘just plain stupid’ is not out of the realm of possibilities. 

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I wrote this short post Friday night; I read this morning that Blodget had a similar thought:

  • Raise capital requirements, forcing the banks to use their tremendous profits to build big cushions against future problems instead of paying huge bonuses.  Given the forced bailouts of last year, why on earth should banks be allowed to pay out normal compensation ratios for the next few years?  Why shouldn’t they be forced to keep this money on hand for a rainy day?
  • In a just world, the way out would be to finally make the bank bondholders pay for their stupidity, converting bank debt to equity and correcting the error made last time.  In the heat of another crisis, however, the government will likely be terrified at the thought of rocking the boat and will fight tooth and nail to give bondholders another free pass.  If this proves politically impossible, the government might actually have to let some firms fail, or risk being run out of town.  And because we have yet to create a system in which banks CAN fail in an orderly


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Geithner Invokes Chicago Cubs’ Battle Cry: “Wait Till Next Year”

Geithner Invokes Chicago Cubs’ Battle Cry: "Wait Till Next Year"

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Geithner admits banks are overleveraged but in his Orwellian world, deleveraging is the wrong thing to do because "the world is fragile".

Please consider New bank capital, leverage limits coming in 2010: Geithner.

Government officials will not set new capital and leverage standards for financial institutions until next year, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday.

"The world is a little fragile; people aren’t willing to take enough risk now, and we don’t want to do anything that would push people to delever," Geithner said to Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace at an event in Washington hosted by the Atlantic magazine in partnership with the Aspen Institute and the Newseum. "We’ll have the agreement on the numbers, but it won’t happen until next year; in the absence of fragility."

Geithner acknowledged that existing bank-capital restrictions were "too low and easily evaded."

"It’s going to take a while to come out of this because we are saving more money, something we have to do," he commented. "Growth is going to be slower coming out of this, and it is a reasonable expectation that this is going to take a while."

"It’s not a tenable situation for the government to be in the business of running large parts of the economy, and we won’t do it," Geithner said.

Geithner finished speaking the same way he always does, with a lie.

"We won’t do it" is a blatant lie. The government has its direct hand in autos, banks, insurance companies, stock brokers, home builders, and the entire mortgage industry.

The first thing any regulator in his right mind would do would be to dissolve Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA. Instead, leverage was increased to allow loans up to 125% of assessed value and the mortgage lenders of only resort are the GSEs and the FHA.

It was idiotic to take over AIG yet the government did. Cash for clunkers was economic idiocy but the government did that too. Ditto for screwing GM bondholders in favor if the union. We had to do those things under the guise "things were too fragile".

"We’ll have the agreement on the numbers, but it won’t happen until next year; in the absence of fragility."

Chicago Cubs Battle Cry

It’s October, and


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