Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Beyond The Age of Leverage


"Call it the Great Repression. The reality being repressed is that the western world is suffering a crisis of excessive indebtedness.

Many governments are too highly leveraged, as are many corporations. More importantly, households are groaning under unprecedented debt burdens.

Worst of all are the banks.

The best evidence that we are in denial about this is the widespread belief that the crisis can be overcome by creating yet more debt
.",

Niall Ferguson, Financial Times, 02.02.2009

Mr Ferguson remarkably summarize what I have been thinking for the past few years .

2 comments:

Billpete002 said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/

Here is a quick article about Latvia, it even mentions the Scandinavian banks lending tons of monies to Latvia and growing the debt burden of the country.

They have it so bad that the government (like Iceland/Belgium) may collapse!

I hate to think what Finland might go through.

Andrew said...

Niall Ferguson is an interesting speaker.

There are a few utube videos of him talking about the historical context of this crisis