Kindleberger’s seventh and final stage is when everyone realises that there is no value in the asset. This is what happened in Iceland last week. The rating agencies have downgraded Icelandic debts, money is flowing out and interest rates are rising in response. The currency is falling in tandem with the panic, and share prices across the board are falling.
Iceland, unlike Ireland, is not a member of the eurozone and therefore, its excesses cannot be fudged in the way ours can. Luckily, we do not have to endure the sudden stop/go characteristics of a country with its own currency and exchange rate. In many ways, this protects us, but in others, it desensitises us from the excesses of our own boom.
From Irishman’s David McWilliams’ blog from 2006 no less
Thanks Wilhjalm A. for the tip on David’s blog