Random Links XXVIII

Corporate Overleveraging:

http://www.economist.com/finance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13145730

There is always a price to efficiency, and redundancy does have benefits in a storm.

Swiss Bankruptcy?:

http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2009/02/switzerland-threatened-with-bankruptcy.html

Another one bites the dust?

Death of the Check:

http://blogs.ft.com/gapperblog/2009/02/a-long-slow-british-farewell-to-the-cheque/

EU Capital Controls:

http://blogs.ft.com/maverecon/2009/02/the-return-of-capital-controls/

P2P Mortgage Lending:

http://thomasbarker.com/content/orphaned-mortgage-article

My preference remains Denmark’s mortgage system, but this is still an interesting notion.  It would work much better with a Transparent Society.

Fiscal Responsibility:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/print_friendly.php?ID=st_20090221_4101

“Real Reaganites Raise Taxes” – the title says it all.  Bartlett’s fatalism WRT the welfare state (and adaptation thereto) brings to mind Charles Murray’s “In Our Hands” proposal.

The Great Inflation’s Aftermath:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/st_20081115_6446.php

Gold Standard & the Depression:

http://worthwhile.typepad.com/worthwhile_canadian_initi/2009/02/at-least-we-dont-have-the-gold-standard-to-worry-about.html

Canadian Banking:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/183670

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/28/opinion/28tedesco.html

Why Canada’s banking system hasn’t imploded.

Canadian Mortgages:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/15/AR2008101503321_pf.html

http://worthwhile.typepad.com/worthwhile_canadian_initi/2008/10/nick-rowe-on-the-outlook-for-canadas-housing-market.html

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0929/p16s01-wmgn.html

I’m still a fan of the Danish mortgage banking system, but Canada’s apparently isn’t too shabby, either.

Liquidity Insurance:

http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/3044

An interesting notion on how to regulate financial institutions going forward.

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