Clive Crook on the crisis and innovation
So, what of the present crisis? Does it suggest the utter failure of market forces, hence a need for an overall greater regulation in the financial market -- and not just those related to the specific problems at hand? FT's Clive Crook on the crisis' impact on the regulatory regime:
There is a broader point. The financial crisis was indeed a failure of regulation. The system was overwhelmed by innovation. Regulators are going to have to catch up and, you could say, try to hold innovation back. But finance is not a normal industry. The question to ponder is this: in which other industries will curbing innovation - also known as market forces - strike governments or voters, in the US or anywhere else, as a good idea?