In a recent FT Alphaville article Izabella Kaminska argues that it is ‘naïve’ to attempt to constrain banks’ ability to create money, because this will only prompt other financial sector firms (‘shadow banks’) to create other forms of money that could be used as a substitute for money created by the state. Naturally, we disagree. Kaminska’s article misses some key points of economic history, and also overlooks other reasons why it is unlikely that substitutes for money will compete with state-created money.
Since the crisis the government has been keen to encourage more competition between banks. Their main focus has been making it easier for people to switch their current account between different banks. But we think this misses a bigger opportunity: there is much more potential for competition from technology firms and mobile app developers, who could develop current/checking accounts and more user-friendly ways of handling your money and payments.
How the current process of money creation is causing a rise in poverty, instability and inequality (Video)
Ben Dyson, founder of Positive Money presenting at Meaning Conference 2014 on 18th November in Brighton. He got into the nitty gritty of how the current process for money creation is causing a rise in poverty, instability and inequality. And challenged the audience to imagine what a modern and sustainable system could look like.
The chancellor, George Osborne, has set out dramatic plans to move Britain from the red into the black that will see public spending as a percentage of GDP fall to its lowest level since the 1930s and could require cuts in non-protected departments such as police, local government and justice amounting to a further £60bn by 2019-20, reads the Guardian, 4th Dec 2014.