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The Dangerous Pointlessness of Bank Capital Requirements

Banks, like any business, never run out of money. They run out of investor trust. That’s why the only capital requirement for banks should be no capital requirement. They only succeed insofar as they force banks to sideline funds they’ve rented, and at a cost. To then pretend that any cushion would be sufficient if a bank ran into serious trouble is just silly.

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Mark-to-Market is Not as Simple For Banks as is Assumed

Cato Institute co-founder Ed Crane and I have been discussing mark-to-market accounting for banks in the aftermath of SVB’s troubles. Crane is not seeking force on the matter, but does think mark-to-market would render bank balance sheets credible where they’re presently not. My response is that regardless of what banks do, investors strive to mark to market.

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The Superfluous Conceit of Mandatory Bank ‘Stress Tests’

In the technology sector, poorly-run businesses don’t last long. They fail quickly only for their assets to be acquired by better stewards. The paradoxical truth is that the technology sector gains strength from periods of weakness.   It’s something to think about with banking top of mind. Failure in banking has become a dirty

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