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Diwali celebrations in the City of London. Diwali celebrations in the City of London. everheardofaspacebar

Bankers should look eastwards for ethical guidance

The crash of 2008 revealed an ethical crisis in banking, one of our most powerful and critical industries. To encourage bankers to clean up their act, proposals including caps on bankers bonuses, better…
Pfizer can protect its offices, but what about its share price? Pfizer can protect its offices, but what about its share price? Michael Fleshman

Merger madness rarely pays off, so why do firms still make these deals?

Here’s the thing about big corporate mergers: in the long run, they’re rarely successful. And yet they keep happening. In fact, the corporate world is witnessing a wave of merger and acquisition mania…
London’s banks shouldn’t be worried just yet. London’s banks shouldn’t be worried just yet. EPA

UK must pick the right time to fight EU financial transaction tax

“In capitalist countries, the bank robs you.” Rightly or wrongly, this phrase – a reversal of an internet meme – sums up many Europeans' reactions to the bank bailouts and austerity of the last few years…
Tunisia has its dangers, but it should be safe from financial collapse. Tunisia has its dangers, but it should be safe from financial collapse. archer10

How banks can help the move from dictatorship to democracy

Tunisia has been hailed as a lone success story among the Arab Spring nations. A relatively peaceful transition with a recent agreement on a new constitution has enabled the country to avoid the bloodshed…
Lift, 1, 2, 3… hold 1, 2, 3. Lift, 1, 2, 3… hold 1, 2, 3. Matt Dunham/AP

Should cagey Osborne flex his electoral pectorals?

Who lives at Number Ten Downing Street? The answer is of course… George Osborne. While his official residence may be next door at Number Eleven, it is he and not David Cameron who lives in the flat above…
This is your brain on capitalism: the city is addicted to risk, drugs and overwork. This is your brain on capitalism: the city is addicted to risk, drugs and overwork. Willard

Drugs and the city: an open secret, so why no testing?

When the chairman of the ethical Co-operative Bank was recently caught on camera purchasing drugs, it became a major news story. But the links between drug-taking and Wall Street or the City of London…
But what can bankers teach birds? But what can bankers teach birds? iwinatcookie

Birds, bees, and banks: lessons from collapsing ecosystems

Figuring out why financial crises emerge in seemingly stable economies is tough. Widespread collapses are notoriously difficult to predict - to do so requires a comprehensive view of a complex, interconnected…
Small changes to currency can have a big impact. Small changes to currency can have a big impact. @Doug88888

If foreign exchange markets are rigged, the solution is simple

In the latest big scandal to hit the banking sector, regulators around the world are investigating whether foreign exchange markets have been rigged. At least seven major banks have been caught up in the…
The market power of banks in funding will be challenged by the rise of super funds. The market power of banks in funding will be challenged by the rise of super funds. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Rise of super funds will shape Australia’s financial sector

How will the shape of Australia’s financial sector evolve over the coming decades? How will the demand for finance change? Where will the supply of funds come from? Can we be confident that available funds…
Is there such thing as an ethical finance system? Proponents of Islamic finance believe so. Is there such thing as an ethical finance system? Proponents of Islamic finance believe so. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Can Islamic finance provide salvation for the banking sector?

Islamic finance has grown and expanded rapidly in recent years. It was recently announced that, following in the footsteps of some of its European neighbours, Germany will soon have its first Islamic bank…
Mexico’s Agustin Carstens is expected to lose out to France’s Christine Lagarde. Mexico’s Agustin Carstens is expected to lose out to France’s Christine Lagarde. AAP

A lost opportunity for IMF reform?

The International Monetary Fund executive board will complete interviews of the two leading candidates to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn this week, with the aim of picking a new managing director by June…

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