The Bank of Japan Creates a State-Led Monopolistic Banking System

by Taiki Murai and Gunther Schnabl[*] In the second half of the 1980s, 13 Japanese city banks climbed into the group of the world's largest banks, boosted by a domestic speculation boom. With the bursting of the Japanese financial “bubble” in the early 1990s, a gradual decline followed. Since then, the Japanese city banks have … Continue reading The Bank of Japan Creates a State-Led Monopolistic Banking System

Summer Reading III

by Jerry O’Driscoll According to Reinhart and Rogoff, “for the advanced economies during 1800-2008, the picture that emerges is one of serial banking crises.” In This Time is Different, the authors bring us up to the present by examining the history of banking crises. Banking crises are not only frequent , but often accompanied by … Continue reading Summer Reading III

Bleeding the Economy

by Roger Koppl At the Cobden Centre's website (and here), Steve Baker discusses recent Fed signals in the context of Big Players theory.  The more active the Fed (or other central bank), the greater the fraction of entrepreneurial attention devoted to Fed watching rather than productive activity.  As Baker says, “traders must pay attention to the … Continue reading Bleeding the Economy

A Sad, Sorry Song

by Thomas McQuade In looking back over the many excellent posts and comments that have graced ThinkMarkets in its first year, I was struck by the fact that, while many of the literary virtues have been displayed, there has been – surprisingly – nothing that could pass as poetry.  I hope to be forgiven the … Continue reading A Sad, Sorry Song

Regulatory War of Choice

by Chidem Kurdas “A just war” is how Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner describes the movement to expand financial regulation.  “It's a war of necessity, not a war of choice,” he  is reported as saying about  the battle to impose greater government control on the financial sector. This is the man who presided over the New … Continue reading Regulatory War of Choice

Some Thoughts on Efficient Markets

by Mario Rizzo   The New York Times had a very interesting article recently on the demise of the efficient markets hypothesis. The proximate cause of this demise is the failure of the hypothesis to explain the recent financial meltdown. It has been standard for Austrians to say – not just recently but over many years … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Efficient Markets

Rewarding the Punch Provider

by Chidem Kurdas   After causing a debacle by flooding the system with oodles of easy money, the Federal Reserve is to morph into the enforcer of  systemic prudence. We’re told that Treasury secretary Tim Geithner wants to create a single systemic risk regulator to oversee the whole financial system and the Fed will probably … Continue reading Rewarding the Punch Provider