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Guest post: The parable of the bailouts

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October 18th, 2012 By Tom Nicol ‘Then the flying machines started falling from the sky.’ Once upon a time in the Westerlands, people became aware of a developing phenomenon: flying machines were falling from the sky with a great deal more regularity than was previously the case. Understandably, the people …

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Written evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

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Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards Submission from Ian Fraser, 24 August 2012 [Update: January 12, 2013. This is my submission to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, which is being chaired by Andrew Tyrie MP. Written in August 2012, it was published on the Parliamentary website [pdf 28mb] on December 19th, 2012 …

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Guest Post: The Libor crime scene will soon be expanded

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July 16th, 2012 By The Left Banker Image: WilliamBanzai7 For the past 30 years, the global economy has built up increasingly vast amounts of public, private and household debt. This was to compensate for the fall in real wages and to avoid a repeat of the crisis of over-production of goods …

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John Kay on the illusory nature of bank profits

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16 April 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 …

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On banking, David Cameron is either clueless or a liar

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5 October 2011 David Cameron displayed an astonishing lack of understanding of the banking sector in his interview with Sarah Montague on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Tuesday morning (as, I’m afraid, did Sarah, given her blinkered obsession with “bonuses”). If Cameron’s stumbling performance was due to ignorance, …