October 2008

09 October 2008
A rant about the bailout and the The Depression

My thoughts about the current economic situation are so jumbled up I thought I’d do another podcast rather than attempt to write it all down.  I think it more or less works though at times it’s a bit incoherent.  The good thing is that I felt a lot better after recording it.

It cuts off rather dramatically at the end - in mid-sentence in fact.  Fortunately, that’s the middle of the very last sentence and the meaning is fairly clear.

06 October 2008
Why the money men went mad

Oh, this is a goody:

In a time of state-sponsored easy credit all projects get financed by incautious banks with cheap, centrally supplied money. There is no market for cautiously lent money, priced correctly for the risk involved. Why would anyone pay more for funds from a cautious bank when cheaper funds from an easier source are available?

This is why the profits of incautious banks grew, and why their stock prices multiplied.

Meanwhile careful bankers sunk. As Brown (and Greenspan) injected ever more money into the economy the cautious banks began to lose their customers, their managers, their share values, and their independence. This Darwinian extinction of caution is the direct result of a monetary environment which was hostile to cautious bankers; one which favoured those banks with an appetite for cheap money.

Paul Tustain, How Bullion Vault sees the credit crunch (email to Bullion Vault customers)

That is the best explanation I have heard so far as to why the money men went mad: the government made them.  And, yes, I am a customer of these people.