By Nathan Lewis – No economic crisis was ever caused by stable money.
The purpose of funny money is to solve some kind of problem whose fundamental cause is typically not monetary at all. For example, we are now in a process of trying to solve a bank insolvency crisis, an unemployment problem, and a fiscal deficit problem, with a monetary solution. more> http://tinyurl.com/dy69798
Posted in Banking, Business, Economy
Tagged Bank of England, Capital, Central bank, Federal Reserve System, Government budget deficit, International Monetary Fund, Monetary policy, United States, United States Secretary of the Treasury
By Sheila Bair – A lot of fingers are pointing in a lot of directions in the Libor price-fixing affair. Tim Geithner is pointing his finger at the Bank of England. Republicans in Congress are pointing their fingers at Geithner. The big banks are pointing their fingers at one another. But one party to this fiasco is not a regulator or a bank but a law: the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (CFMA). more> https://goo.gl/SSccf5
By Caroline Salas Gage – Timothy F. Geithner was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2008 when he learned about banks under-reporting Libor, the global benchmark for $500 trillion of securities. He sent a memo in June of that year to Bank of England Governor Mervyn King raising concerns and recommending changes in how the rate is calculated. Little has been done to address the issue since, and King said last month that he only just learned of wrongdoing and Geithner didn’t highlight malpractice.
“Geithner is not the primary person in the world responsible for Libor,” said Calabria, Cato’s director of financial-regulation studies in Washington and a former Senate Banking Committee aide. “There were items on that memo that were absolutely first and last the responsibility of the British Bankers’ Association and by extension the Bank of England.” more> http://tinyurl.com/8nb2h75
Posted in Banking, Economy, Leadership
Tagged Bank of England, British Bankers Association, Capital, Industrial economy, LIBOR Scandal, List of presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, London Interbank Offered Rate, Mervyn King, New York Federal Reserve Bank
By Landon Thomas Jr. – Simon Wolfson, chief executive of the British retailer Next, has offered to award that sum (£250,000, or about $400,000) to the person that puts forward the most elegant scenario for how a country or countries might leave the euro zone — or how the 17-nation compact might unwind.
In all, 425 entries were received. The winner will be announced July 5.
The five finalist essays, which were announced Tuesday, come from four established analysts and one independent trader. They are more or less free of politics, preferring to underscore instead the daunting task that countries like Greece, Portugal and Spain face in improving competitiveness through spending cuts rather than currency devaluation — an option they can not pursue because of their membership in the euro.
While the essays do not present any ideas that have not already been aired, their deep explorations of the complex legal issues involved. more> http://is.gd/iEjRTy
Posted in Banking, Economy
Tagged Bank of England, Capital, Currency, Euro, European Union, Eurozone, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Super regions
Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, Author: James Rickards.
Paper Money Collapse, Author: Detlev Schlichter.
The New Gold Standard, Author: Paul Nathan.
Monetary Revolution USA, Author: Dave Redick.
Fixing the Dollar Now: Why US Money Lost Its Integrity and How We Can Restore It, Author: Dr. Judy Shelton.
By Ralph Benko – The Bank of England‘s Financial Stability Paper No. 13, Reform of the International Monetary and Financial System, reported at Bloomberg BusinessWeek and reviewed here, is being seen by many monetary policy observers around the world as the “coroner’s report” on the death of the world dollar standard.
What’s next? Presciently, at the watershed October 5-6 Heritage Foundation Conference on a Stable Dollar: Why We Need It and How to Achieve It, Forbes‘ editor-in-chief Steve Forbes called for escalating the discourse from “whether” we should restore the gold standard to “how” to do so. The floodgates open. more> http://is.gd/sI5Y5Q
Posted in Banking, Book review, Business, Economy
Tagged Bank of England, Banking reform, Bloomberg Businessweek, Capital, Currency, Financial crisis, Gold standard, Monetary policy, Steve Forbes, United States