The global financial crime wave is no accident


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Financial crime is a feature of our global financial system not a bug, pioneering economist Susan Strange recognised. Her message is more urgent than ever. 

THERE was a little bit of good news this month for those worried about a tidal wave of McMafia-style financial crime. A new UK government agency tasked with fighting it — the National Economic Crime Centre — opened its doors.
I say ‘little’ because financial crime is far more deeply rooted in our financial and political systems than we like to acknowledge.
From the LIBOR-rigging scandal to the offshore secrets of the Panama Papers and ‘dark money’ in the Brexit vote, it is everywhere. In my recent work with anti-corruption group Global Witness, I saw first-hand how ordinary people in some of the world’s poorest countries

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