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Oslabená obranyschopnost globální finanční soustavy

CURYCH – V květnu před pětaosmdesáti lety zkrachovala banka Credit-Anstalt, v té době zdaleka největší peněžní ústav v Rakousku. Do července téhož roku se staly terčem útoku střadatelů banky v Egyptě, Německu, Maďarsku, Lotyšsku, Polsku, Rumunsku a Turecku. V srpnu zasáhla bankovní panika Spojené státy, ačkoliv tento run mohl mít domácí příčiny. A v srpnu zaznamenaly hromadné výběry z účtů také finanční ústavy ve Velké Británii. Paralely s kolapsem americké investiční banky Lehman Brothers v roce 2008 jsou silné – a zároveň klíčové pro pochopení dnešních finančních rizik.

Za prvé krach Credit-Anstalt ani pád Lehman Brothers nezapříčinily veškerou globální finanční vřavu, která se později strhla. Oba kolapsy i následné problémy byly totiž příznakem stejné nemoci: slabé bankovní soustavy.

V případě Rakouska v roce 1931 spočívaly kořeny problému v rozpadu Rakouska-Uherska po první světové válce, v hyperinflaci z 20. let a v nadměrné provázanosti bank s průmyslovým sektorem. V době pádu Credit-Anstalt vězel svět už dva roky v hluboké recesi, bankovní systémy v řadě zemí byly křehké a napětí se snadno přenášelo přes hranice, přičemž zlatý standard zhoršoval finanční zranitelnost tím, že omezoval akceschopnost centrálních bank.

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