Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Credit Spotting: an update

This post shows that even the FED agrees that the credit crunch is a myth. Read the FED report, it's only a few pages of text. The real meat is the dozen or so easy to understand graphs. -- Jim

The Credit-Crunch Myth

Jeffrey Tucker

Three economists for the Minneapolis Fed have written a paper called "Myths about the Financial Crisis of 2008." The myths they refute: 1) Bank lending to nonfinancial corporations and individuals has declined sharply, 2) Interbank lending is essentially nonexistent, 3) Commercial paper issuance by nonfnancial corporations has declined sharply and rates have risen to unprecedented levels, and 4) Banks play a large role in channeling funds from savers to borrowers. They argue that all four claims are completely false, and cite an overwhelming amount of data showing this.

In response to Alex Tabarrok's posting of this paper, one commentator compares the credit-crunch claims to the fears of WMD in Iraq.

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