OECD Economist: Double-Dip Recession Looms

28 Feb

One can only wonder if Treasury Secretary Ken Henry watched the ABC’s “Inside Business” this morning:

One of the OECD’s leading economists says there is a strong chance that the world’s leading economies could quickly slide back into recession.

The deputy director of the OECD’s financial and enterprise affairs, Dr Adrian Blundell-Wignall, has told ABC1’s Inside Business program that the threat of a double dip recession remained because problems in the banking system have not been solved.

“There are many icebergs the ship has to negotiate before we’re out of jail here. This is going to be a 10 year process, not a one year process,” he said.

Dr Blundell-Wignall says many of the banks’ problems have been hidden by changes to accounting rules and their most toxic assets have been shifted to the balance sheets of the big central banks in the US and Europe.

Dr Henry recently stated that the GFC is “over”:

“What people have called the global financial crisis, that has passed“.

Dr Henry went on to predict a “period of unprecedented prosperity” for Australia, one that could “stretch to 2050”.

Dr Henry failed to predict the GFC.

One Response to “OECD Economist: Double-Dip Recession Looms”

  1. Carpe Jugulum February 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Dr Henry has failed on many fronts, i think the fact that he is a mere mouthpiece for the rudd government and their flawed policy is an indichtemnt (sic) of the rudd government incompetence.

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