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Money is much more than just bank notes and coins issued by central banks. EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

Explainer: the real role of banks in money creation

The misguided belief that banks create money out of nothing has generated public anger with organisations and individuals calling for an overhaul of the system and an end to money creation by banks.
The challenge for new African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina is to ensure that it develops its own Africa-relevant solutions to the continent’s problems. Reuters/Luc Gnago

African Development Bank must gear up for a more proactive role

As the African Development Bank Group changes leadership, Africa's multilateral financier must chart a new course, including raising the contribution and voice of Africans in the institution.
H is for heft. Matt Buck

What’s gone wrong at HSBC?

As HSBC suffers under the scorching spotlight of public scrutiny once more, it is fair to ask why the banking group so often finds itself at the heart of the action.
Forex traders who went to the dark side could soon be forced to face the consequences. Justin Lane/EPA/AAP

Explainer: how bankers fixed forex trades and why it’s criminal

“Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive”. Sir Walter Scott’s comment could have been made about the LIBOR and foreign exchange (forex) scandals engulfing the world’s largest…

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