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March 9, 2009

Finance deep freeze

We are now in a deep freeze of credit. It is trickling down that it is no longer business as before. There are new rules and it's back to the basics.
So, what does “back to basics” mean for the financial business. To me, it means.
-running a more conservative business across the board
-reining in your growth expectations to more realistic levels.
-reducing leverage
-much less financial innovation and much less financial engineering
-more focus on client business
-more organic growth and fewer grandstanding acquisitions and
-for the world’s biggest financial institutions it means downsizing your business and scraping your plans to rule the world.

Of course, running a more conservative business, with less leverage, will mean somewhat lower profitability than we have been accustomed to in the past. That’s the price of running a more conservative business but at least, over time, you will be in business.

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