European Voice – Europe may be laying the foundations for the next financial bubble, through its monetary, industrial and regulatory policies.
In the midst of the worst crisis in half a century, it is easy to forget that the real problem is not the bust but what preceded it: a boom filled with bad investments.
The boom was a natural consequence of too much easy money for too long. That policy was itself a response to the bursting of the dotcom bubble, to which Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve responded by cutting interest rates from 6.5% to 1% – and keeping them that low for a whole year. The result was a market drowned in cheap money.