Blog

  • 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.

  • TTIP - a consultation that misses the key question


    8 July 2014

    The introduction of an Investor to State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations met with strong opposition from civil society at large. The European Commission therefore decided to launch a public consultation on investor protection mechanisms in TTIP. However, this consultation fails to ask the most important question...

  • A View From Germany II – The financing of the German economy

    21 May 2014

    In the rest of the EU, the main strength of Germany’s economy is often considered to be its dense fabric of exporting SMEs, sometimes known as the Mittelstand, which has remarkably resisted the crisis. When so many European leaders talk of reindustrialisation and promotion of local SMEs, it might be worth analysing the financial environment for small firms in Germany. To try to understand the world of German finance, our guest blogger Fabien Hassan, who is presently living in Berlin, takes a look at the financing of the German economy.