A game of smoke and mirrors

One of the most recurrent topics in the action movies, back in the ‘70s, was the fighting sequence in a hall of mirrors. Hero and villain chasing each other in a long series of hit-and-miss, until the dramatic end. It’s a good metaphor for what’s going on in the Middle East. A pity that there are a lot of players inside the mirrored maze and I can’t see any hero ready to save the day.

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The end of an era – banks are back to Middle Age

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One of the most relevant facts about the ever-lasting financial crisis we’re in it’s about the ultimate fate of the banks as we know it. And it’s related to our business relations with them. Like it or not, we need some financial institution to make money go round and some form of bank it’s with us since the Middle Age.

Do you already know that banks come out from that period, don’t you? Of course, it works in a different way back then. You used well-established merchants to deposit gold or silver, getting credit letters – a form of warrant where the said merchants guarantee your deposit, all for a price. Yes, back then you actually pay the bank to keep your money safe.

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