Do innovations like PayPal, Square, Apple Pay and Bitcoin spell the end of cash? How different countries are adopting new forms of financial tech.
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The Shanghai composite index is proving to be one of the most volatile markets in the world and government regulation is having some unforeseen effects.
The democratisation of finance isn't going quite to plan.
The OECD is seeking to limit finance for coal power.
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Australia is reportedly blocking a deal to limit coal power finance in developing countries.
Helpful or captured?
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Financial journalism standards have been declining, and with each new financial downturn the public has been ill served.
Convicting individuals of wrongdoing is important but only a culture change in the financial sector will stop future crimes.
A dragon market?
For all its muscle, the Chinese government could make the problem worse by intervening in the stock market.
GE’s shift away from finance may mean more focus on other products, such as jet engines.
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GE's push into finance nearly crippled the company, just as the broader US shift in that direction almost collapsed the global economy.
In bank stress tests, what’s worse: runs or lemons (the other kind)?
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US regulators chose to reveal detailed information to the public about the state of the banks. They were able to be so transparent, without triggering a run, because of a strong fiscal backstop.
The Export-Import Bank provides financing and other services to help foreign companies buy US products like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
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The more than 80-year-old credit agency is set to expire at the end of the month if Congress does not act to keep the profitable bank alive.
An economic experiment in the making.
A Deal or No Deal-inspired experiment shows people act with excessive caution when they're in the limelight.
The FDIC sold nearly 500 banks in the financial crisis, losing $90 billion in the process.
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The FDIC – and taxpayers – lost US$90 billion selling almost 500 failed banks. Where did all those banks go?
The culture of foreign exchange market has changed significantly, but problems persist with the market that make it susceptible to further transgressions.
The view from Wall Street.
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Looking back at how the US financial industry grew to dominate the economy rather than merely serve it will help us avoid another crisis.
A square deal for the Square Mile.
Scandals at some of our biggest companies have highlighted a painful truth. The voluntaristic governance system put in place by City elites simply doesn't work.
Will the dollar prove a draw for Islamic investors?
Financial assets compliant with sharia are growing at a much faster pace than the conventional kind, yet North American banks are still stuck on the sidelines.
Push and pull factors. How bankers lose direction.
If we keep saying high finance is operating in a morality vacuum, we will miss the chance to understand and fix its problems.
Notes and Queries.
With the Bank of England mooting the idea it might get involved with digital currencies, you might think it was good news for Bitcoin.
Ringing the changes on tax avoidance.
The revelation on the BBC and in the Guardian that British bank, HSBC, the second biggest in the world has allegedly helped UK residents sidestep taxes through a Swiss subsidiary should really come as…
Goldman Sachs is making its mark.
Peer-to-peer lending, the online platforms which allow you and I to lend directly to people and businesses who want to borrow, has been hailed as disruptive technology. Cheered by savers who have been…