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Bernanke e Strauss-Kahn

Posted in notas ao café by JN on Setembro 16, 2009

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Paresh Nath, «The Khaleej Times»

Numa entrevista no Brookings Institution em Washington, o Presidente da Reserva Federal americana (FED), Ben S. Bernanke, afirmou acreditar que a recessão, tecnicamente, acabou, apesar a taxa de desemprego poder levar meses a baixar:

[…] “Even though from a technical perspective the recession is very likely over at this point, it’s still going to feel like a very weak economy for some time as many people will still find that their job security and their employment status is not what they wish it was,” Mr. Bernanke said in response to a question about unemployment trends. “That’s a challenge for us and all policy makers going forward.”

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Paresh Nath, «The Khaleej Times»

Numa entrevista à Der Spiegel, o director-geral do Fundo Monetário Internacional (FMI), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, fala sobre a teimosia de Wall Street em não querer aprender as lições do passado, sobre o futuro da economia global e das suas ideias para o novo papel do FMI como rede de segurança para o sistema financeiro mundial e do perigo de se considerar que a crise é já algo que deixamos para trás:

[…] SPIEGEL: Most Wall Street bankers seem to feel bullish again. Once again, millions are being handed out in bonuses, as rewards for highly risky business deals. The banking community would much prefer to be left alone by politicians once again.

Strauss-Kahn: Well, human weakness is stronger than reason.

SPIEGEL: The CEO of Goldman Sachs said after the crisis that it was a “perfect storm” and that you cannot do anything to protect yourself against a perfect storm.

Strauss-Kahn: That is a flawed metaphor. Human society is not a force of nature. The financial crisis was a catastrophic event, but one created by human hand. The lesson we all need to learn is that even a free market economy needs some regulation, otherwise it cannot function. All these ideas about deregulation — that more deregulation is always better and that the market can solve every problem — are fine on paper but they do not work in reality.

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Chappatte, «International Herald Tribune»

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