19 September 2008

The Best...err, Worst is Yet to Come

A good point from David Roche in the WSJ:

When bank credit does contract, the impact on the real economy will be more marked than we have seen thus far. The reason is that most bank credit is the sort of money that gets spent in shops and garages, or is used by the corporate sector to invest in real assets. NDFI money is used to invest in financial markets, causing security prices to rise and fall, which only indirectly affects the real economy by changing the value of wealth.

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