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17 December, 2010

Want To Ruin Your Own Country? Assume Your Banks’ Liabilities

Gonzalo Lira: Want To Ruin Your Own Country? Assume Your Banks’ Liabilities: "Recently, I read up on how Iceland is doing—surprisingly well, actually. Unemployment is down, the Krona is going back up. Good balance of trade, good fiscal balance sheet. Quite the turnaround, after its troubles over the last couple of years—

—so then if Iceland is doing OK, why then are we in the hole that we’re in?


Why is the American economy slogging along? Why is Europe circling the drain? Why are the bond markets queasy as a patient with a low-grade malarial fever? Why is Ben Bernanke’s chin quivering and his voice quaking on 60 Minutes? (And by the way: Was that a terrifying spectacle or what?) Why has the conversation turned from bond market risk to sovereign debt risk? Why are commodities rising, equities moving jagged and irrational, and all of a sudden silver is now the new darling of the retail investor?..."


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