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Another sordid example of banksterism -- money laundering -- surfaced this week accompanied, not surprisingly, by a blistering global poll that shows faith in capitalism is shrinking. The HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation), the largest financial institution in Europe, revealed "major internal-control problems" and plans to apologize for its lapses next week to members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee into terrorist and trafficking money laundering.
Canadians have yet another reason to be wary of bankers: A scandal is brewing across the pond in the United Kingdom that may have serious international effects on consumer confidence in the financial system. No, seriously, this affects everyone from retirees to kids trying to pay off student debt.
The leading promoter of Sharia banking in Canada, UM Financial Inc. has gone into receivership. The consequences of this bankruptcy may effect thousands of Muslim homeowners. The troubles at UM Financial did not come overnight