Willem Buiter Picked By Citi In First Round Of Chief Economist Draft, Promptly Adopts "Bianco-esque" Party Line
With Citigroup's latest Chief Economist addition in the face of one Willem Buiter who earlier ironically had said that "Citigroup [was] a conglomeration of worst-practice from across the financial spectrum" now facing much more pro-cyclical scrutiny, it is not surprising that earlier he promptly picked up the party line and stated in a Bloomberg TV interview that Dubai is "not systemically significant." The jury is still out on what the full fallout of the massive CRE collapse in the middle east, which is basically what Dubai was a levered play on, will cost the developed world. Nonetheless, one does get flashbacks to many other short-sighted pundits (some long since gone from the public arena, others who are about to be renominated for Fed Chairman positions) who claimed that subprime was also comparably contained. Time and a few hundred billions in additiona bailouts will determine if Citi's new macro brain is proven right.