Finance

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You don’t count

Opaque reporting in company accounts is not in the public interest says Richard Murphy. The failings of accounting have been afforded much attention of late. This has been actively appropriate.

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A cracked formula

Nat Dyer tells the story of how two Nobel Prize winners almost brought down the world’s financial markets by putting their “rocket science” finance theory into practice. Sounds like a

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Fiscal fizz is less sweet

One year on, Ben Reynolds explores the impact of the high-profile “sugar tax”, and where it might go in future. I remember the moment, when two years into running a

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You don’t count

Opaque reporting in company accounts is not in the public interest says Richard Murphy. The failings of accounting have been afforded much attention of late. This has been actively appropriate.

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Many hands

How can we turn around the world’s financial institutions so that their creation of money serves to construct a new ecological civilisation, rather than destroys our current civilization through the

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Greece bears gifts

The European Union has lessons to learn from one of its least adept members writes Alex Tziamalis. While the UK is engulfed by Brexit – a battle for the strategic direction

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A sense of insecurity

The growing push for using securitisation markets for development finance is fraught with multiple dangers ahead. Rick Rowden sounds a warning. The international development finance club has been increasingly experimenting with various types

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Re-designing money

John Wood suggests that money should be re-designed as local maps of relations, rather than as a universal register of quantities and things. When someone tells you not to re-invent

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Victorian Values

Banks are scrabbling to find some trust. Robert Mochrie explains how they might look to the distant past. The nature of banking transactions demonstrates the need for trust between the

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What’s the impact of impact investing?

The roles of pay-by-result within public policy Source: Addarii et al., Funding Social Innovation (forthcoming) ​ Filippo Addarii, Alexander Shapiro and Marco Sebastianelli offer a short introduction to the ambition,

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By so many, to so few

In the centennial year of the RAF, Churchill’s words attesting to the valiance of Britain’s fighter pilots have a less chest-swelling relevance to wealth in the UK. Tom Burgess writes

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Out of the shadows

How did the central banks find themselves holding the torch that keeps the shadow banks in existence? Leon Wansleben throws some light. You are likely to read this piece at

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What do we need more of?

Our economic system still fails to allocate enough funds to strategic investments such as infrastructure, industry and education. Alexander Tziamalis tells how our times call for important economic and policy

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The human touch

There is a world of innovation and entrepreneurism where the bottom line is the last thing that matters. René Kemp tells. We live in a world of marketisation with its

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Austerity stripped bare

The tightened belt is still in fashion but it’s a style that is transparently thin says Geoff Tily. For years the logic of austerity has governed UK economic policy. In

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Behaviour is good

How do you measure it? Can you turn it around? ‘How?’ is becoming as important a question as how much? in investors’ regulators’ and customers’ appraisals of businesses. Deborah Hawkes

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The attack on Dodd-Frank

Rick Rowden lays out how Trump, Wall Street and the Republicans in Congress are committed to dismantling financial regulation in the US. While much of the Trump administration’s political agenda

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London is too far from Singapore

The UK government’s post Brexit aspiration for the City to challenge Singapore’s growth in offshore finance is flawed and ill-matched to growing global hostility to tax havens. John Christensen explains.

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Land locked

Money for nothing: Neoclassical economics leaves windfalls from land ownership largely overlooked. As the value of land swells, generations in the UK who didn’t catch the tide of house ownership

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Interviews

A change is as good as a rest

John Kay has embraced uncertainty and explains how we must do this to make economics relevant. Meanwhile little has changed he tells The Mint. With the Lehman Brothers collapse and the

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A model agent

Mainstream economics’ failure to predict the 2008 crash undermined the profession’s public credibility. There’s a new game in town that financial risk guru, Rick Bookstaber, has faith in. He shares

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Decisions, Decisions

Lamy: the possibilities of digital simulation struck “a visceral chord.” Artificial intelligence could guide decisions from the political to the personal, if people would seize the opportunities on offer. The Mint talks to Dahlia Lamy, who says the

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The only way is ethics

Pettifor: “Private authority can’t fully be trusted to uphold contracts.” Trust and compliance with regulation are not familiar virtues in the world of global finance according to Ann Pettifor. She

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Three Years and Counting

Bête noir to established economists Steve Keen tells the Mint why Brexit ended a stupid policy but the government line on trade agreements is nonsense and an economic zombie apocalypse

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News

Columns

The children are the future

Babysitting comes with great responsibility. Lehman.  I can’t seem to escape the constant harking on the significance of the failure of Lehman. There is even a play about the Lehman

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Real Gone Cat

What state are we in? Like the cat in Schrödinger’s famous quantum thought experiment we can’t know whether we are dead or alive as we await the writing of definitive

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When will they ever learn?

Can we avoid financial instability or has our human nature evolved in such a way that they are inevitable? Clearly Gordon Brown’s endless pronouncements of the end of ‘Boom and

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Books

Short and Sweet

In remarkably few words Nick Silver gets to many points in his biting analysis of the global financial system, Finance, Society and Sustainability. It’s all good – more would be

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