Friday, September 19, 2008

Warnings ignored

From "The Demons of Greed are Loose"
Why a Global Economic Deluge Looms
By GABRIEL KOLKO published in Counterpunch June 15, 2006
The investment managers of private equity funds and major banks have displaced national banks and international bodies such as the IMF, moving well beyond the existing regulatory structures and they have "reintermediated" themselves between the traditional borrowers, both national and individual, and markets. They have deregulated the world financial structure, making it far more unpredictable and susceptible to crises. They seek to generate high investment returns, which is the key to their compensation, and they take mounting risks to do so.
A "brave new world" has emerged in the global financial structure, one that is far less transparent because there are fewer reporting demands imposed on those who operate in it. Financial adventurers are constantly creating new "products" that defy both states and international banks. The IMF's managing director, Rodrigo de Rato, at the end of May, 2005, deplored these new risks -- risks the weakness of the U.S. dollar and its mounting trade deficits have magnified greatly.
Read the whole piece, and contemplate what steps could have been taken if the many warnings of the coming deluge hadn't been ignored.

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