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Bhide, Amar, 1955-
A call for judgment : sensible finance for a dynamic economy / Amar Bhidé
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HG181 .B42 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Finance -- United States
Capitalism -- United States
Subject United States -- Economic policy
Physical Description x, 353 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-334) and index
Contents Ordering the Innovation Game: Beyond Decentralization and Prices. The decentralization of judgment -- The halfway house: coordination through organizational authority -- Dialogue and relationships -- Reflections in the financial mirror -- Why It Became So. All-knowing beings -- Judgment-free finance -- Storming the derivative front -- Liquid markets, deficient governance -- Financiers unfettered -- The long slog to stable banking -- Not there yet -- Finally on track -- Derailed by deregulation -- Restoring real finance
Summary Our prosperity requires the enterprise of innumerable individuals and businesses who exercise their imagination and judgment and bear responsibility for outcomes. And widespread enterprise is fostered through dialogue and relationships, not merely prices in anonymous markets. Yet modern finance blatantly neglects these necessary elements for enterprise. In the last several decades finance has become increasingly centralized, distanced, and mechanistic. Instead of many lending officers making judgments about borrowers they know, credit decisions are the output of the models of a few Wall Street wizards and credit agencies. This robotic centralized finance stifles the dynamism of the real economy and leads to recurring collapses. This work clearly explains how bad theories and mis-regulation have caused a dangerous divergence between the real economy and finance. The author takes apart the so-called advances in modern finance, showing how backward-looking, top-down models were used to mass-produce toxic products. Thanks to excessively tight securities laws and loose banking laws, anonymous transactions have displaced relationship-based finance. The author offers, tough simple rules for restoring relationships and case-by-case judgment: limit banks and all deposit taking institutions to basic lending and nothing else. This book is both a primer on the role of finance in a dynamic modern economy, and a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of banks functioning as highly centralized, mechanistic entities. It is essential reading for anyone interested in bringing the economy back to a point at which decisions can be made that foster organic economic growth without the potentially disastrous risks currently accepted by modern finance

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