Saturday Aug 11, 2007

Lender of Last Resort

Charles P. Kindleberger describes the concept of "lender of last resort," in great detail in his Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crisis

As of late last week, central banks in the EU, the US, Japan and Canada have begun claiming their mantle as lender of last resort within their economies, pumping lubricating liquidity into financial markets (at least some $120B of it) to put a break on an impending credit crunch. The coming weeks will reveal more. (John Authers speaks about it here. He calls it "very dangerous times" and speaks of a potential "melt-down" and hopes that this injection of liquidity can push back the tide of "bad news.")

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