Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Year of Lending Dangerously

On August 9 2007, the European Central Bank sent shock waves around world financial capitals when it injected €95bn ($150bn, £75bn) worth of funds into the money markets to prevent borrowing costs from spiralling sharply. The US Federal Reserve soon followed suit. But while the central banks had billed these moves as “pre-emptive” actions to quell incipient market tensions, they did not bring the panic to an end... A year later, there is still no sign of an end to these problems. Instead, the sense of pressure on western banks has risen so high that by some measures this is now the worst financial crisis seen in the west for 70 years.