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  • Accounting for influence: how the Big Four are embedded in EU tax avoidance policy

    10 July 2018

    The Big Four global accountancy firms had a key role in the financial crash of 2008, failing to ring the warning bell about banks they audited, signing off on their accounts just months before their collapse triggered years of austerity across Europe. In this blog article, Corporate Europe Observatory's Vicky Cann summarizes the findings of their new report "Accounting for influence" showing how the Big Four are embedded in EU policy-making on tax avoidance.

  • Caritas France joins the fight to re-regulate finance

    Pablo Grandjean
    21 June 2018

    A major religious charity, the Secours Catholique usually focusing on inequalities and poverty, documents implacably the limits of financial regulation in a well-explained, very documented 150 page report

  • Open letter: Central Banks Should Lead by Example on Transparency and Climate Change

    7 June 2018

    Over 50 NGOs have called on central banks to walk the talk when it comes to transparency and tackling climate change

  • Splitting Deutsche Bank?

    Christian M. Stiefmüller

    Pablo Grandjean
    18 April 2018

    The announcement of a "separation stress-test" for Deutsche Bank shows good intentions from the regulator but is not enough to end "Too Big To Fail"

  • Hiding in Plain View: Why economists can’t see the obvious coming

    12 April 2018

    Ten years after the crisis, the Australian economist Steve Keen, who has recently joined Finance Watch as an individual member, calls his mainstream counterparts to account for (still) ignoring the very obvious causes of financial crises.

  • Bank capital requirements and the case for a macroprudential approach to climate risks

    Mireille J. Martini

    Nina Lazic
    19 March 2018

    The possibility of introducing a green supporting factor has been mentioned in the recently published EU Commission Action Plan on sustainable finance. In this short note we argue this would not be the best way to proceed and that attention should focus not on a micro but on a macroprudential approach to climate risks.

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    Global finance must be reined in order to fight climate change

    Mireille J. Martini
    7 March 2018

    The volatility that 'financial mathematics' impose to markets prevents price signals to show the actual scarcity of resources. To achieve the ecological transition, global finance must be reined and volatility’s thick smoke must be compensated by physical stock indicators which do not depend on financial markets

  • The power of perception

    6 March 2018

    The Global Green Finance Index (GGFI) is based on a perception survey of the depth and quality of green finance offerings in different financial centres. This blog post looks at how perception can complement historical data in measuring and promoting change and how this thinking has been applied to the GGFI.

  • Introducing the Global Green Finance Index

    19 February 2018

    On 14 March 2018, Finance Watch and Z/Yen will launch the Global Green Finance Index (GGFI) aiming at creating a race-to-the-top among financial centres to become greener. This post introduces the GGFI and looks at some of the ways that civil society actors could benefit from it.

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    Should your savings finance a sustainable future or a burned-out economy?

    Pablo Grandjean
    8 February 2018

    The existing definition of investors’ “best interest” is about maximizing financial returns while adjusting risk to the profile of the client. It says nothing about the impact the investments have on the future of the investor or its children. This needs to change.