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Duncan Lindo 7 May 2013
The problem is that almost all bank business is “client facing”. Using this criterion will separate very little and will not remove the state support from activities which, in a market economy, should stand on their own two feet.
A good way to put the separation of investment and commercial banks into perspective is to come back to the arguments that led to a much older separation whose distinctive feature is to have survived the wave of deregulation of the 1990s: the separation of banking and commerce in the United States.
What do the banking crisis, the French revolution and the children of the 18th Century Swiss bourgeoisie have in common? In a word – securitisation.
This is the first in a series of articles entitled “Lessons from history” which aim to provide some historical background to today’s financial issues.
The writings of Joseph de la Vega show that "modern" financial features such as derivatives, short selling, proprietary trading and their confusing terminology were commonplace in 17th century Amsterdam.
Joost Mulder 7 February 2013
Big corporates must play by the rules on derivatives trading as well as big banks.
Benoît Lallemand 31 January 2013
A collection of useful materials about High Frequency Trading
Paddy Hirsch is a US-based journalist who likes to explain the mysteries of finance
To get a feel for how they think financial markets have changed in the last 15 years, Finance Watch’s Matthieu Lietaert took the opportunity to interview Joe Saluzzi during his recent visit to Brussels
Greg Ford 21 December 2012
In the butcher’s shop you see two options: one says 90% lean beef, the other says beef with 10% fat. Which do you prefer? Psychologists call this “framing” and it is as common in retail investment as anywhere else.
Greg Ford 12 December 2012
Open letter to French finance Minister, Pierre Moscovici, warning that his proposed reform of the French banking sector could be a “non-reform” that fails to deliver President Hollande’s election pledge on bank reform.
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