Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Entrevista com Anna Schwartz

A grande economista Anna Schwartz fala da crise e diz: "the present crisis has nothing to do with a lack of liquidity.” President Obama’s stimulus is similarly irrelevant, she believes, since the crisis also has nothing to do with a lack of demand or investment. The credit crunch, which is the recession’s actual cause, comes only from a lack of trust, argues Schwartz. Lenders aren’t lending because they don’t know who is solvent, and they can’t know who is solvent because portfolios remain full of mortgage-backed securities and other toxic assets.

To rekindle the credit market, the banks must get rid of those toxic assets. That’s why Schwartz supported, in principle, the Bush administration’s first proposal for responding to the crisis—to buy bad assets from banks—though not, she emphasizes, while pricing those assets so generously as to prop up failed institutions. The administration abandoned its plan when it appeared too complicated to price the assets. Bernanke and then–Treasury secretary Henry Paulson subsequently shifted to recapitalizing the banks directly. “Doing so is shifting from trying to save the banking system to trying to save bankers, which is not the same thing,” Schwartz says. “Ultimately, though, firms that made wrong decisions should fail. The market works better when wrong decisions are punished and good decisions make you rich.” She’s more sympathetic to Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner’s plan, unveiled in March, to give private investors money to help them buy the toxic assets, but wonders if the Obama administration will continue to support the plan if the assets’ prices turn out to be so low, once investors start bidding for them, that they threaten the banks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hoje futricando na internet descobri em pdf o livro: a ação humana - um tratado em economia de Mises. Obviamente, como se trata de um verdadeiro e genuíno liberal, não existe coisa como direitos autorais. Recomendo a leitura, principalmente para os tantãs que acham que entendem de economia, tipo sardenberg, P. amorin, Delfim Neto, Mantega com ou sem a própria, Simonsen (lá no espaço creio que ainda sobra tempo para aprender o essencial), corvonel, J.Serra, Miriam Leitão (com ou sem gripe suína) e para todos os meus inimigos - para ver se deixam de me encher o saco.
um abraço marco b