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Did you know that cigarettes were once used as currency? In WWII prisoner-of-war camps, they performed all the functions of a metallic currency. Thanks to R.A. Radford, himself a prisoner-of-war between 1942 and 1945, we have detailed insights about this time. His analysis of cigarette currency in “The Economic Organisation of a P.O.W. Camp” made the young British economist famous in his day. Enjoy reading the new blog article from our guest blogger Fabien, who discovered this “remarkable piece of writing” for us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ieke van den Burg, Chair of Finance Watch from June 2011 to January 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.
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.
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.
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...
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