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Beyond the Middleman

The Alternative Finance Frontier


BY JIMMY MCLOUGHLIN, 25/03/2016 When I graduated in 2009, it was not a good time to be an ambitious twenty-something trying to get a foot on the career ladder. Big graduate recruiters were shedding staff and not taking on many graduates. Banks, law firms, accountants, ad agencies, IT companies, retailers ...

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Trust and Relationships in the Sharing Economy


BY PAOLO PARIGI, 25/03/2016 Market economies never fully displaced bartering and gift exchanges. In small-scale enclaves of our social world, these two types of interactions remained common even after the full development of capitalism. My cousin handing down clothes for my daughter, or the trading of items between collectors are both ...

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Bitcoin: Regulating the Deregulated


BY PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI, 25/03/2016 Bitcoin is widely known as a decentralized payment system, which allows for the transfer of funds across borders at virtually no costs and without external control (Abramowicz, 2015). As such, it can serve as a new backbone technology for depository institutions, increasing the speed and efficiency ...

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Beyond Bitcoin


BY VASILIS KOSTAKIS and CHRIS GIOTITSAS, 25/03/2016 A growing number of economists are concerned about the widening rift between the actual productive economy and its financial counterpart, noting that new banking tools create value that translates into money but not also into real production value. The utilisation of money as a credit tool ...

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