When banks fail, it’s customers that usually end up out of pocket.
A flat rate bank deposit tax could be distorting, and not for the reasons the banks suggest.
The National Bank of Austria, the most recent example of central bank nationalisation.
The continued ownership of shares in central banks by private investors may be a superfluous relic but it enhances governance and adds to the transparency and accountability of central banks.
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.
Australian banks have been lauded internationally for sustainability, but dogged by domestic scandal.
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There is a schism between the symbolic and substantive sustainability efforts of our Big Four banks.
Athens is the epicentre of a dangerous relationship.
A continent in shock; a country on the brink; and a model for punitive debt negotiations that serves no one but the banks.
Only one banker has been forced to serve prison time as a result of the global financial crisis.
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Jailing bankers for failing to uphold an ethical code is possible - it's simply a matter of enforcing current laws.
HSBC heading for the bright lights.
Is the business models which large banks have relied upon for the last three decades dead?
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?
Bulls dominate Wall Street but behind them always lurks a big bear.
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Bankers are back to their old ways, putting the global economy at risk just six years after standing at the brink of another Great Depression.
Fighting the debt effect. Greece is struggling at every level.
A call to break with the leadership of Greece's ruling party has highlighted the futility of debt-led austerity and the burden it places on people on the wrong side of a banker's bad bet.
Are loans guaranteed by parents adding unnecessary risk to the market?
First home buyers looking to break into the housing market are turning to their parents, but it's not a risk-free proposition for either party.
Like the banks, John Gotti was known as the ‘teflon don’ because of prosecutors' failure to convict him for his alleged crimes.
Banks have become like Wall Street versions of "teflon don" John Gotti, able to avoid conviction despite repeated criminal prosecutions.
Too big to manage?
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With more than 250,000 employees, spread over 80 countries, how can HSBC's bosses know everything going on?
How to stop bank CEOs rolling the dice.
Behind all the hand-wringing over financial executive pay is a desire to moderate risk-taking. Financial markets may already have the answer to hand.
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.
Accused of helping clients avoid millions in tax.
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The revelation in leaked bank files that HSBC’s Swiss banking arm has helped wealthy customers put millions of dollars worth of assets out of the reach of the tax authorities confirms the way in which…
Lloyds Bank has cancelled a high paying bond to the detriment of many of its savers.
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If you need a reminder of how complex investing in the stock market can be, look no further than the row currently raging between Lloyds Bank and up to 100,000 investors who helped to bail it out in 2009…
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In survey after survey bankers rank poorly on ethics and honesty. It’s not hard to find entire websites dedicated to bank hatred. And Bank of America consistently rates in the top 10 most hated companies…
Peep, peep: calling time on poor protections.
Think whistleblowing is a matter of telling the truth? Think again. “Successful” whistleblowing, where the protagonist actually manages to make themselves heard in the media and get the support of the…