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How London became the money-laundering capital of the world

July 15th, 2012 By Rowan Bosworth-Davies Speaking on the Marr Show on BBC One on March 23rd, the former Daily Telegraph editor and historian Max Hastings said a “senior central banker” recently told him that London is now considered to be the “money-laundering capital of the world”. Hastings was discussing the shooting of a Russian […]

July 15th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Prof Richard Werner: Banks can become socially useful and local

July 12th, 2012 Speaking at the Just Banking conference in April, Prof Richard Werner called for an end to the suppression and repression of the third sector, including mutually-owned financial institutions and credit unions, while also calling for the introduction of a “regime of credit guidance”. Werner, chair in international banking at University of Southampton School […]

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

The 12 Barclays scandals that cast doubt on Diamond’s testimony

July 5th, 2012 (updated July 6th, 6.35pm and 11.58pm) Smearing the facilitators? Ex-Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond had been tipped to ‘throw his toys out of the pram’ in the Treasury Select Committee hearing this afternoon. He was expected to lash out at the authorities that had engineered his ousting. It was also thought he […]

July 5th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Financial regulation: With Griffith-Jones’ appointment, Britain keeps it in the family

By Ian Fraser Published: Qfinance Date: June 18th, 2012 I was surprised and exasperated to learn last week that chancellor George Osborne has rubber-stamped the appointment of John Griffith-Jones, the senior partner of KPMG, as chairman-designate of the Financial Conduct Authority, one of the two financial regulators that will take over from the soon-to-be-disbanded FSA. As […]

June 18th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library,Blog | Read More »

Banks in Hungary and Slovenia looking precarious

June 13th, 2012 The IMF has produced a blog on the situation facing banks in Central and Eastern Europe. The majority of banks in the region are owned by Western European banks, and have therefore suffered as a result of the weaknesses of their parent institutions, which has caused the latter to withdraw billions of […]

June 14th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

George Soros: Germany and the Bundesbank have three months to save the euro

By George Soros Remarks at the Festival of Economics, Teatro Sociale, Trento, Italy June 2, 2012 Ever since the Crash of 2008 there has been a widespread recognition, both among economists and the general public, that economic theory has failed. But there is no consensus on the causes and the extent of that failure. I […]

June 5th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Everyone in finance should read David Bermingham’s “A Price To Pay”

By Rowan Bosworth-Davies White-collar crime, and particularly fraud and wrong-doing in the City of London, has been ignored by regulators and the judiciary for too long. The global financial crisis has highlighted how, if left unchecked it can cause almost incalculable damage to ordinary people’s lives and the wider economy. The biggest disincentive to City […]

May 19th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

John Kay on the illusory nature of bank profits

April 16th, 2012 In this speech the economist and author John Kay examined how the financial sector continues to make — or claims to make — returns-on-equity which are way in excess of any reasonable estimate of cost of capital. Kay, a visiting professor at London School of Economics, examined various possible reasons but then focused on […]

April 16th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

Fear and loathing in City of London as Barnier taps consumer power

By Ian Fraser Published: QFINANCE Date: April 4th, 2012 Michel Barnier is viewed with a mixture of fear and loathing in the City of London. In the Square Mile the Frenchman is variously regarded as a bogeyman, a champion of dirigisme, and even as the ringleader of a sinister Franco-German plot to undermine London’s position and ensure […]

April 4th, 2012 | Posted in Article Library,Blog | Read More »

Rowan Bosworth-Davies | Has the UK rediscovered its appetite for prosecuting ‘white collar’ crime?

March 16th, 2012 In the second in a series of guest posts, Rowan Bosworth-Davies, a financial crime consultant and former Scotland Yard detective, provides a historical perspective on the UK authorities’ lack of appetite for prosecuting high level financial crime Edwin Sutherland, the American sociologist and criminologist (pictured right), is perhaps best known for his 1949 book ‘White […]

March 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | Read More »