A resolute solution

Bailouts and short-selling bans are band-aid solutions, but a new Resolution Trust would allow assets of troubled banks to be sold in an unstable environment.

In the UK, they’ve banned short selling in financial stocks and it appears that the US they are contemplating following suite. The US regulators and legislators are also working on a structural response to the credit crisis that could end the downward spiral in asset values that has destabilised the global financial system and most of its major participants.

Until now, the response to the credit crisis by governments and their agencies has been to buy time for the markets to stabilise and function more normally, which has involved the sporadically flooding the global system with liquidity.

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