Posts Tagged ‘Banking’

Numb and number: where the Big Short falls short

by Ann Pettifor.

As this goes to press, global capital markets appear to be stabilizing after another period of intense, and scary stock market volatility. This set the context for the arrival in Britain of Adam McKay’s The Big Short – a film about the American sub-prime mortgage meltdown, based on the book by Michael Lewis. It could […]

Now they’re aiming to go back to non-prime mortgage securities which caused crash

by Michael Meacher.

If you want evidence of how reckless and desperate bankers and investors have now become in search of higher yields, look no further than the widespread decision to return to a variant of the mortgage-backed securities which precipitated the 2008-9 crash. Then it was sub-prime securities which were knowingly sold to households handicapped by low […]

Privatising RBS: a triple whammy against taxpayers, economy and reform

by Michael Meacher.

Why sell off the 80% stake in RBS when the Brown government bailed it out in 2008 at a cost to taxpayers of £45bn, yet today’s share price would fetch only some £32bn? That’s a £13bn loss for taxpayers which, as it happens, is almost exactly the sum that Osborne is pledged to raise by […]

Banks have taken over the State and got away with it

by Michael Meacher.

Six global banks, two them British, have just been fined £5.6bn in what the FBI has called ‘massive scale’ criminality, yet no individual executive has been prosecuted and no bank has been deprived of its licence to practise which would have happened in any other sector given such monumental wrongdoing. Indeed State regulators have gone […]

Hound of Hounslow shows non-regulation of banks remains extremely dangerous

by Michael Meacher.

No-one had heard of Navinder Singh Sarao until on 6 May 2010 he ‘spoofed’ the international stock markets while sitting in his room in his parents’ semi in Hounslow and made $879,000 on that day alone and, it is alleged, $40 millions fraudulently over 5 years. He is now awaiting extradition to the US to […]

Why isn’t HSBC being prosecuted?

by Michael Meacher.

The differential treatment between those low-paid workers who fraudulently claim benefits and those top bank executives who launder hundreds of millions of pounds for drug cartels or pariah states tells you all you need to know about the class basis of justice in the UK. A person claiming benefits while working can get up to […]

HSBC is out of control and should be broken up

by Michael Meacher.

The lesson of the HSBC debacle is not merely that tax evaders must be hunted down much more relentlessly, but that in its present form it’s ungovernable. It’s no good saying HSBC was run in a ‘federated way’, but now management has been tightened up (is anybody really taken in by that anyway?). We were […]

With ballooning debt and oversized banks, another financial crash isn’t far off

by Michael Meacher.

In election Britain this last week has been consumed with business and finance, mainly the hedge funds, lambasting Labour for being ‘anti-business’, as though massive indulgence in tax avoidance and continued insistence on de-regulation of finance were the conditional requirements of a successful global economy. Actually they are the forerunners of the next financial collapse […]

Banks ‘too big to fail’ in the credit crunch are now far bigger

by Michael Meacher.

There several dangers that face the world economyat the start of this New Year – further outbreaks of violence both within and outside the Middle East, destabilisation caused by the abrupt halving or more of the oil price, the slow-down of world growth (China), deflation and possible breakdown in the Eurozone, and another banking crisis. […]

Big accountancy firms’ corrupt fiddles for the banks must be stopped

by Michael Meacher.

The evidence piles up that the private sector auditors of banks have manifestly failed in their duties. All the major banks received unqualified audit opinions from Deloitte & Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and Ernst & Young. Private sector auditors have a history of silence and are immersed in too many conflicts of interest. The evidence is […]

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