As an investment bank, commodities trader and operator of toll roads, Australia’s Macquarie Group has inserted itself into most of our lives. A new book outlines some of the questionable tactics that took it to the top.
Thousands of banks failed in the Great Depression.
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Crises fueled by bank runs, starting with the Great Depression, have had something in common: Unexpected changes spur bank failures, followed by general panic and then large-scale economic distress.
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The failure of Silicon Valley Bank has raised questions about some of the consequences when the government steps in to protect the depositors of troubled banks.
Silicon Valley Bank, the sixteenth-largest bank in the U.S., collapsed on March 10, 2023 after customers tried to collectively withdraw $42 billion in a single day.
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The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank serves as a reminder of the importance of robust risk management, sound regulatory oversight and effective liquidity management.
The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seized the assets of Silicon Valley Bank on March 10, 2023, marking the largest bank failure since Washington Mutual during the height of the 2008 financial crisis.
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Large Canadian banks are likely not at risk of bank failures, but history suggests smaller, more niche financial service firms could be.
Before the Commerce Commission investigates the banking industry, we should remember there are good reasons for the way the sector is set up – and the Reserve Bank is at the heart of it. .
People queue outside a bank in Lagos on February 22, 2023. Nigeria was hit with a scarcity of cash after the central bank began to swap old Naira notes for new bills.
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There are at least five errors that marred the currency redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, most of which could have been avoided.
City of London bankers and executives at the annual Lord Mayor’s dinner in Mansion House, 2018.
My research suggests City firms’ efforts to deliver more equal representation at the top have not worked because they were never meant to.
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith speaks at a news conference in Edmonton in November 2022.
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The Free Alberta Strategy is in fact a road map for Alberta sovereignty, touching on the most essential compartment of sovereignty — banking and currency.
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, present the redesigned banknotes in Abuja.
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For a country that aspires to reduce bureaucracy and liberalise its financial sector, currency redesign and cash withdrawal limits can only be counter-intuitive.
In particular, visible tattoos can be negatively perceived when interviewing for a customer-advisor position.
A series of interviews with recruiters in the banking sector reveals the existence of a dress code to which candidates are expected to conform.
Boom or bust?
The government wants to make UK finance more competitive after the damage caused by Brexit.
Wet'suwet'en Chief Madeek reacts with his middle finger to protest the Royal Bank of Canada’s funding of the Coastal GasLink pipeline and other fossil fuel investments in Toronto in April 2022.
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Sen. Rosa Galvez has called for ambitious and coherent government intervention to address the risks financial institutions pose to climate. Here’s why Canadians must rally around her.
New research suggests financial regulators will never win.
Left to right: Ben Bernanke, Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig.
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Until Diamond and Dybvig published key papers in the early 1980s, it wasn’t well understood that perfectly healthy banks could be brought down by panicking depositors.
The growth of Islamic banks provides Muslims living in North America with options that reflect their beliefs.
Shariah law informs financial contracts and credit systems, and the growth of Islamic financing options provides an alternative to current debt-based banking systems.
A lot of African countries have implemented taxes on electronic transactions.
The tax on electronic transactions has not generated as much revenue as the government of Ghana expected.
Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibadan zonal office.
Nigeria’s banking sector is dominated by local players born out of state policy.
Kiwibank is now a state-owned asset. But the government’s reasons for rescuing the bank might not make a great deal of sense.
To assess the prospects of cryptocurrencies, it’s useful to consider how money was invented and became centralised in the first place.