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  • Interview with Christophe Nijdam

    Charlotte Geiger
    17 February 2015

    Since January 2015, Finance Watch has a new Secretary General: Christophe Nijdam. If you want to get to know him – what he did before joining Finance Watch and his views on reforming finance – we invite you to read this interview. You will learn more about his time as a banker in New York, his views on markets, and how today, he is still convinced that finance, when it is done properly with the right incentives and the right time horizon, can be a very powerful tool for economic progress.

  • The perfect draw - when cigarettes became a war camp currency

    13 February 2015

    Did you know that cigarettes were once used as currency? In WWII prisoner-of-war camps, they performed all the functions of a metallic currency. Thanks to R.A. Radford, himself a prisoner-of-war between 1942 and 1945, we have detailed insights about this time. His analysis of cigarette currency in “The Economic Organisation of a P.O.W. Camp” made the young British economist famous in his day. Enjoy reading the new blog article from our guest blogger Fabien, who discovered this “remarkable piece of writing” for us.

  • Are local and virtual currencies about to change finance?

    19 December 2014

    In this article, our guest blogger Fabien tries to summarise the main features of local and virtual currency schemes and separate the artificial from the real innovations.

  • Money supply – a public service in private hands

    14 November 2014

    The way money enters and leaves the economy is crucial to fixing some of society’s biggest problems. So it’s a surprise that general awareness of this mechanism is so low, despite the attention created by unconventional central bank policies. In his latest piece, our guest blogger Fabien looks at some of the radical and not-so-radical ideas for making sense of our monetary system.

  • And what about the money?

    10 October 2014

    This month, this blog introduces you to the most dynamic, entrepreneurial, and refreshing actors of the world of financial progressive thinking and to their latest success: an important recognition of their ideas by the Bank of England.

  • Questions to European Commissioner-designate Jonathan Hill - Answers by Finance Watch


    3 October 2014

    Lord Hill, the UK’s Commissioner-designate for financial services, has been set a “written exam” of 23 questions by the Parliament’s ECON Committee. Here are some points that Finance Watch is hoping to see in his answers.

  • In memoriam

    30 September 2014

    Ieke van den Burg, Chair of Finance Watch from June 2011 to January 2014

  • "Bank lobby has been successful at fighting reform"

    27 August 2014

    Interview with Robert Jenkins, a Senior Fellow at Better Markets and Adjunct Professor, Finance at London Business School. He is a former member of the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England.

  • Reforming the mega banks – two ways to deal with a tsunami

    Benoît Lallemand
    25 July 2014

    Benoît Lallemand, co-head of policy analysis at Finance Watch, looks at the case for structural reform of the EU’s largest and most inter-connected banks.

  • A View From Germany III – Local solutions to a global crisis

    15 July 2014

    In his new article “View from Germany III”, our guest blogger Fabien Hassan has a look at the specific trends of “going local” in different European countries, which all seem to have their own idea of a local bank.