Category Archives: Financial

Manufacturing perfect Debtors: a comment on the Debt Industries

The growing issue of personal debt the so-called debt crisis is more and more being represented as an issue of individual financial capability and responsibility. Problems of personal debt are constructed as something that can be remedied through improved access … Continue reading

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A call for new disruptive finance policy ideas to promote a sustainable economy

The Finance Lab and its participants from mainstream finance, academia, environmental NGOs and social entrepreneurs, have a shared vision of an economy and finance system which serves the needs of people and planet, rather than the other way round. First, … Continue reading

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Greece’s Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance?

Which do you trust more: democracy or financial markets? Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided in favor of democracy yesterday when he announced a national referendum on the draconian budget cuts Europe and the IMF are demanding from Greece in … Continue reading

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On nous ment!: Vérités et légendes sur la crise

Vous avez du mal à comprendre pourquoi la crise a explosé en 2008 ? Vous trouvez bien difficile de savoir si elle est vraiment terminée ? Normal : du début jusqu’à la fin, au lieu de nous expliquer le fond … Continue reading

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Greece, Lehman, and the politics of Too Big To Fail

The looming second banking crisis raises the question whether banks have learned anything from the Lehman debacle only three years ago. They have indeed learned a lesson, but you may not like it. So we face another Lehman moment. The … Continue reading

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The Other Occupation: How Wall Street Occupies Washington

The 99 Percent Movement has been set off thanks to long-standing economic inequities and and a recession caused primarily by Wall Street’s misdeeds. But Wall Street did not engage in reckless financial behavior — which plunged 64 million people worldwide … Continue reading

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The American Dream – O Sonho Americano

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All Change – Will There Be a Revolution in Economic Thinking in the Next Few Years

On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers – then the fourth-largest investment bank on Wall Street – filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A year later,  the world economy was in the depths of its worst recession since the 1930s. This … Continue reading

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This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing–and recovering–their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, “this time is different“–claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply … Continue reading

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Follow the Money: Behind Europe’s Debt Crisis Lurks Another Giant Bailout of Wall Street

Read Today Ben Bernanke added his voice to those who are worried about Europe’s debt crisis. But why exactly should America be so concerned? Yes, we export to Europe – but those exports aren’t going to dry up. And in … Continue reading

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