Tag Archives: USA

The Case for a Nationalised Bank

As things stand, the banks are the permanent government of the country, whichever party is in power Lord Skidelsky, economic historian and biographer of Keynes, in a speech to the House of lords It’s time to put bank nationalisation back on the agenda. The recent revelations about the Libor scandal- revealing that fraud was routine, […]

How Banks Became Too Big to Fail

Since deregulation in the 1980s and 1990s, diversity in the financial services industry as it has gradually become monopolised. From Mother Jones: The nation’s 10 largest financial institutions hold 54 percent of our total financial assets; in 1990, they held 20 percent. In the meantime, the number of banks has dropped from more than 12,500 to about […]

Criminal Fraud is Routine in the Biggest Banks: Time to Prosecute the Bankers

There was a period of remorse and apology for banks- I think that period needs to be over. Bob Diamond, Group Chief Executive of Barclays plc. On Wednesday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commision (CFTC), US Department of Justice and UK Financial Services (FSA) authority released their statements on Barclays, which is facing a fine of some $450 million. They revealed systematic, routine fraud in the organisation, […]