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Professor Richard Werner explains how banking works

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14 March 2017 In this session with ‘Renegade Economist’ Ross Ashcroft, and Panmure Gordon market commentator David Buik, Professor Richard Werner explains how the banking system works. During the session, Prof Werner says that: “Individual banks create money. This is absolute power. We know absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Richard Werner …

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George Osborne unveils a quack cure for RBS

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11th November 2015 It was midway between the canon of lamb and the passing of the port that George Osborne rose to his feet. Addressing a room of 350 white-tie wearing bankers, the 44-year-old Chancellor of the Exchequer seemed to have a spring in his step. Just a few weeks earlier, …

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The Moldovan Connection

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By Ian Fraser and Richard Smith Published: Sunday Herald Date: 21 June 2015 How modest homes in some of Scotland’s poorest areas became prolific ‘company factories’. The inside story by Ian Fraser and Richard Smith.  It’s a humble ground-floor flat in Royston Mains Street in Pilton – the Edinburgh housing …

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Osborne should break up RBS and Lloyds, not chase a fast buck

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March 11th, 2015 Britain’s banks would never have been able to get away with behaving as badly as they have, to missell as many financial products or ruin as many viable business customers if their sector had been subject to proper competition, the former entrepreneur-in-residence at the Department of Business Innovation and …

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Hard hats for bankers

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By Ian Fraser Published: Business Quarter (BQ) Date: 13 October 2014 At a dinner to mark the departure of chief executive Stephen Hester in September 2013, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s finance director Bruce van Saun gave Hester’s anointed heir, Ross McEwan, an unusual present. Hester, a keen horseman, had …

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Hester got RBS back on an even keel

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By Ian Fraser Published: Daily Record Date: June 13th, 2013 Stephen Hester’s five years at the helm of Royal Bank of Scotland were nothing if not tumultuous. Under his predecessor, Fred Goodwin, retail banking operations were used as a cash cow to fund overseas expansion, staff were demoralised by a …

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HSBC’s $1.9bn settlement sets (another) dangerous precedent

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December 15th, 2012 Image: WilliamBanzai7 The ‘settlements’ that London-headquartered banks HSBC and Standard Chartered have reached with the US authorities over serious criminal offences — including sanctions-busting and aiding and abetting terrorism and the global drug trade — are a travesty of justice. Even The Economist, a publication of which I …

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Book review: Going for broke

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By Ian Fraser Published: Scottish Review of Books Date November 17th, 2012 It was intended as a memorial to the Scots who died in the Napoleonic Wars. But it wasn’t long before the incomplete replica of the Parthenon on Calton Hill was labelled ‘Edinburgh’s disgrace’. This was because the so-called National …

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Michael Hudson: how finance capitalism leads to debt servitude

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October 19th, 2012 This is an edited transcript of a phone interview with Michael Hudson by Dimitris Yannopoulos for Athens News. It summarizes some of the major themes of Hudson’s new book, The Bubble and Beyond: Fictitious Capital, Debt Deflation and Global Crisis, published in the UK in July 2012.  Q: How has …