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Liquidity Rules: Manage Innovation Or Risk Repeating History

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Executive Summary

On the surface, the meltdown of the U.S. subprime mortgage market should not have triggered a worldwide financial crisis. Worst-case estimates put subprime mortgage losses at $250 billion - a drop in the bucket compared to the many trillions of dollars worth of financial instruments traded around the globe. In a credit crisis, some financial players, uncertain of the rules, hoard liquidity. Others stay out of the market entirely. The result is chaos.

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