Fin Crisis: Too late and too little done in US

AHMEDABAD: It is too late and too little done in the US to emerge from the financial turmoil, a $240 trillion crisis cannot be contained with $1-10 trillion bailouts, said Arun Kumar, a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, here next Thursday.

“When US President-elect Barrack Obama takes office in January, the crisis will only get worse,” said Kumar, speaking at the Ahmedabad Management Association today on current financial turmoil and lessons for the future.

“The $150 billion housing tax cut package was too little and too late to halt a collapse on a much larger scale,” Kumar said, adding, “Every aspect of the financial sector has been dragged into the financial turmoil.”

“Over the past two decades, financial markets in the US have been deregulated under the leadership of Alan Greenspan when he believed markets would stabilize themselves, but in a recent statement Greenspan admitted he had been wrong for 16 years.” , Kumar said while citing a US Daily leader.

That deregulation led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stern and other troubled companies, he added.

“The government has intervened, the crisis has slowed down, but there is now a crisis of confidence among the banks. The financial and money markets operate with a certain level of trust and confidence and this should not be shaken at any cost,” he added.

“The collapse in the US contrasted with the gradual rise because the banks were involved in business. Because of deregulation, there were instruments that promised much higher returns, and even a slight fall in asset prices set it all off,” Arun Kumar said.

The US economy has thrived on borrowed funds, leaving post-crisis countries like Japan, China, Iceland, Ukraine and others in deep trouble. China is finding ways to move away from the dollar after corporate profits started falling and showing signs of a recession, Arun Kumar said.

Now, due to a lack of trust, protectionism has crept into the economy, which is also dangerous, he warned. When US President-elect Barrack Obama takes office, he would prioritize job creation in sectors such as BPO and call centers, Kumar said, adding that the US has lost 1.5 billion jobs in the past.

So at this historic turning point, what is needed is a turnkey re-architecture for the $600 trillion financial sector, he added.

Against the backdrop of such a scenario, the G-20 initiative is important and comprehensive coordination between governments, including India’s, should be developed to get through it, Kumar added.

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