Lessons Not Learned

Lessons Not Learned

Written by: Dr Susanne Trimbath

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  • Publisher: Spiramus Press Ltd
  • Publish Date: 2015-10-23
  • ISBN-10: 9781910151235
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Dr Trimbath demonstrates that an existing framework for regulating financial systems, available since at least 2001, could have prevented the systemic failure in the US that led to the collapse of global credit markets in 2008. Step by step the book guides you through what could have been done to prevent the crisis and what investors can do to protect themselves from the next one, and concludes with a key idea for making financial services businesses stand out from the crowd ensuring future success. The list of 10 Steps is quite straight-forward and simple. Have private, independent rating agencies. Provide some government safety net but not so much that banks are not held accountable (“Too Big to Fail”) Allow very little government ownership and control of national financial assets. Allow banks to reduce the volatility of returns by offering a wide-range of services. Require financial market players to register and be authorized. Provide information, including setting standards, to enhance market transparency. Routinely examine financial institutions to ensure that the regulatory code is obeyed. Enforce the code and discipline transgressors. Develop policies that keep the regulatory code up to date. Encourage the creation of specialized financial institutions. For each step the reader will find: the legislative and regulatory background on the existing rules; a review of academic research on the theory behind each step; and the facts and data connecting each step to the financial crisis of 2008. “In a time of mind-boggling complexity in financial regulation - too complex, according to Ben Bernanke, for the Federal Reserve System to understand its impact - Lessons Not Learned is a refreshing call to return to a simpler, more basic approach. Susanne Trimbath emphasizes that the failure to implement regulations, a key factor in the crisis of 2008, remains the system’s Achilles heel. This book features a refreshing combination of research grounding and pragmatic experience. A must read for taxpayers and their reresentatives!” Jerry Caprio - Currently: Williams College, William Brough Professor of Economics and Chair, Center for Development Economics. Former (1988-2005): The World Bank, Director, Operations and Policy Department, Financial Sector Vice Presidency

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