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The ECB and the Future of the Eurozone

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By Nicholas Joubert Wendland Just over a week ago, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced the results of its widespread investigation into the health of 130 of the eurozone’s most significant banks. Will this move towards greater transparency and unification within the European banking system fix its problems once and for all? And will it be sufficient to stave off the current threat of deflation looming large over the eurozone?…

When Exchanges get too Fast and too Furious

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by Mika Morissette The IEX, a new alternative trading platform which famously limits the speed at which prospective users can trade, celebrates its first birthday Brad Katsuyama is an unlikely banking legend: born in a small Canadian town and graduated from a small Canadian university, he had never laid eyes on either New York or Wall Street until the bank he worked for, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), which Katsuyama…

Sam Povey Interviews Muzaffar Khan: Part 3

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By Sam Povey “Unfortunately too many people who are rich and powerful prefer to live in gated communities than look after their neighbourhoods”, it’s an odd line to hear in plush surrounding of a Mayfair private members club. A former City banker turned philanthropist, Muzaffar Khan has strong opinions on rich and powerful, and their role in society. Rather than blame largesse, however, he sees the problem as one of…

Are we only buying time?

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An analysis from the LSESU Post-Crash Economic Society by Carolin Thol In developed democratic countries, we like to think that the ultimate power rests in the hands of the people. In his book “Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism”, Wolfgang Streeck, director of the Max Planck Institute, a German think-tank, casts this assurance into doubt. He argues that especially since the financial crisis, the financial institutions and not…

Internet.org – Conceit or Salvation?

Internet.org – Conceit or Salvation?

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By Zita Chan India has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world in recent years, with its vast economic markets and its copious amounts of resources available. Yet, only around half of the population is enrolled in secondary school education. In every 100 Indian citizen, only a mere 13 has access to the internet – not the best condition to keep the country’s growth rate of 5.6…

London- Hot-Spot for Untying the Knot

London- Hot-Spot for Untying the Knot

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by Perdita Blinkhorn It seems love is most certainly not in the air; not in London at least as several high-profile divorce cases have recently been battled out in the capital. Divorce lawyers are gleefully lining their pockets as wealthy couples, many of whom either own property in Britain or are employed in the City of London financial district, choose London as their battle arena. Among the very public and…

‘LSE students appear to hold the City in an almost Pontiff-like reverence’

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I have a confession to make; I hate wearing suits. In all honesty they make me feel more like a toddler at a wedding than anything remotely related to work. But I digress, the matter at hand is not the outfit itself but rather what it represents, particularly in the student culture of our very own institution. Even a simple glance through the pages of The Beaver will reveal some…

Hong Kong – Still One of the Four Asian Dragons?

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In 2010, the Hong Kong Dollar is the eighth most traded currency in the world. Hong Kong has always been one of the leading financial centres in the Asia- Pacific. Milton Friedman even dubbed Hong Kong “the world’s greatest experiment in laissez-faire capitalism”. Angry masses, suspension of schooling, blockage of main roads- all culminated into drastic falls in the Hang Seng Index. Hong Kong shocked the world with images that…

The Meteoric Rise of Alibaba

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by Alexander Chronopoulos Ali Baba of the One Thousand and One Nights tales was a poor woodcutter who discovered the legendary treasure of the forty thieves and managed to turn around his life. Last Friday Jack Ma, the founder of the Alibaba enterprise, reminded the financial world that sometimes tales do come true. Mr Ma twice failed the national university entrance exam and could not even find a job at…

The City – The Beaver’s New Section for Business and Finance

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The Beaver is launching a new section focussed on business and finance, appearing in print and online. We’re looking for an editor for the section and writers to contribute stories on anything from the worlds of business and finance. If you fancy trying your hand at share tipping, or just reporting on the ins and outs of the city, this is the section for you. Not only will your writing…