Seigniorage: The banks' privilege of creating the bankmoney on which they operate costs the taxpayer a lot of extra money - foregone to the public purse to the benefit of the banking industry  

Researchers from the New Economics Foundation (NEF), London, and the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) have developed a new approach to determine the banks' extra profits from primary credit and bankmoney creation. In an empirical case study including the UK, Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland they also have specified the numbers: up to three quarters of banks' profits. About time to do away with that neo-feudal privilege …   

Executive summary >     
NEF and CBS full report >  
CBS academic version openarchive >  
CBS academic version direct >  

Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the Financial Times, explains in an interview with Rens van Tilburg, Sustainable Finance Lab, Utrecht University, what's wrong with the financial system.


Bank of England Coming Clear about Deposit Creation

For the first time in decades, a central bank, the Bank of England, has openly explained that
- banks create deposits pro-actively irrespective of their reserve position
- banks do not need customer savings for granting credit and in fact cannot make use of them
- central banks do not control the quantity of money.

Above is a BoE video on these questions. A paper in the BoE Quarterly Bulletin, 2014 Q1, deals with the same subject > Money Creation in the Modern Economy.
David Graeber comments on the paper in The Guardian, 18 March 2014 > The truth is out.

The BoE paper is a welcome step forward, even though some crucial components of deposit creation and monetary policy are still missing:
- the (fractional) interplay between central-bank reserves and bankmoney is not explained
- deposit creation by bank purchases is not mentioned
- any demand for money is taken on unchallenged, no matter how large it is and whether it is destined for real-economic or purely financial purposes
- central-bank interest rate policy, i.e. setting base rates and influencing interbank rates, is portrayed as an effective instrument for controlling inflation (which is highly questionable)
- asset inflation is not recognised as a target of monetary policy.
For a résumé by Positive Money > click here.

Positive Money on > 'all the nitty-gritty technical detailsof money creation by banks

Most people still do not know that it is the banks that create almost all of our money, not the government or central bank. The majority of people in each of 20 countries clearly prefers the latter, as revealed by a representative> international survey by Motivaction and Sustainable Finance Lab, University of Utrecht, NL.

Anshu Jain, ex Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank, apparently thinks of his monetary institute as a nonbank savings and loan association; or as a mere investment trust. He believes in the loanable funds model of banking, as if we already were in a sovereign money system. In this video, H.Scharpf raised the question.


Positive Money Video on: Where does money come from? Who creates it? Who decides how it gets used?

Steve Keen > The Debtwatch Manifesto tackles, among other things, the urgent problem of debt deflation.

Sensible Money, Ireland, on > How Banks Create and Destroy Money.

• Three papers by Adair Turner
   > Monetary and Financial Stability, Nov 2012
   > Debt, Money and Mephistopheles, Feb 2013
   > Credit, Money and Leverage, Sep 2013


Mark Joób > DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY OF BUSINESS AND MONETARY REFORM, 2013. The author is on the managing board of the Swiss and teaches economics and ethics at the West-Hungarian University in Sopron, Hungary. 

Foto Michael Schemmann.jpg

Prof Michael Schemmann, International Institute of Certified Public Accountants, has long criticised the practice of creating credit by way of extending a bank's balance sheet and treating the resulting demand deposits like 'cash'. In an > open letter he calls on the professional corporations to put an end to this practice.  


Richard Werner - Banking & the Economy

"Every loan, overdraft, or bank purchase creates a deposit, and every repayment of a loan, overdraft or bank sale destroys a deposit."
Right Honourable Reginald McKenna, Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chairman of the Midland Bank, 1924. 

What is responsible for the crisis? 
“The financial crisis of 2007/08 occurred because we failed to constrain the private financial system’s creation of private credit and money… Banks as we know them today – fractional reserve banks – ... can create credit and private money, and unless controlled, will tend to create sub-optimally large or sub-optimally unstable quantities of both credit and private money.”
Lord Adair Turner, then Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority, in a speech to the South African Central Bank in 2012.