I could fix this in twenty minutes…
by Gavin Finch
(Bloomberg) A year after central banks started to pump trillions of dollars into the financial system to end a seizure in credit markets caused by subprime mortgages, cash is about as tight as it’s ever been.
The U.S. market for commercial paper, or short-term IOUs, backed by assets such as mortgages has shrunk 40 percent from its peak in July 2007. The amount borrowed in pounds between banks in the U.K. fell by 70 percent in June from a record in February 2007. The European Central Bank received $100 billion of bids for the $25 billion it offered to financial institutions on July 29, the most since the sales began in December.
Efforts by the Federal Reserve, ECB and Swiss National Bank to shore up the world’s biggest banks and promote lending have had limited success.