Friday, January 27, 2012

Do as I say, not as I do…

There is a delicious irony in the world of economic policy at the moment.
Back in 1997 and 1998 I had a ringside seat to the Asian financial crisis from my trading desk in Seoul. When everything collapsed, the policy prescriptions from the World Bank and IMF for Asia’s sick economies was to:
1. HIKE interest rates,
2. CUT government spending,
3. Further deregulate, liberalize, and open their economies to foreign investment to attract capital;
4.  And let their zombie banks FAIL.
Though, they experienced brutal recessions after swallowing this tough medicine, the two countries which carried out these policies to the fullest extent:  South Korea, and Indonesia, are today among the most successful and dynamic economies in Asia, and the WORLD.
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