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The Great Debate

from The Great Debate UK:

It’s all over: The banks have won

Laurence Copeland- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

There is so much talk of a new regulatory framework for the financial sector, anyone would think it was an important issue.

Unfortunately, it is almost irrelevant, for the simple reason that, however sophisticated the new regime, experience shows it will be bypassed and/or captured by banks of one kind or another, possibly by novel types of institution invented specially for the purpose.

This is true even in the unlikely event that the whole world – with the possible exception of North Korea – embraces the new regulations and enforces them with vigour.

The only type of intervention which has a hope in hell of success is one based on size. As Mervyn King has said, when a bank is TBTF (Too Big To Fail), it is just too big.

Rebalance China’s two financing legs

Wei Gu– Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own —

Chairman Mao believed the economy needs to run on two legs, but when it comes to corporate financing, China is advancing in a series of giant hops. Its banks are flooding the market with credit, while equity markets actually supply less capital as a proportion of the whole.

Chinese banks lent out a whopping 7 trillion yuan ($1 trillion) during the first half of this year, tripling the amount during the same period last year. In comparison, new capital raised through the stock market was merely 10 million yuan ($1.46 million), down 50 percent from last year.

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