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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:51 AM
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Tiny Tax on Financial Trades Gains Advocates
Source: NYT

They call it the Robin Hood tax a tiny levy on trades in the financial markets that would take money from the banks and give it to the worlds poor.

And like the mythical hero of Sherwood Forest, it is beginning to capture the publics imagination.

Driven by populist anger at bankers as well as government needs for more revenue, the idea of a tax on trades of stocks, bonds and other financial instruments has attracted an array of influential champions, including the leaders of France and Germany, the billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and George Soros, the consumer activist Ralph Nader, Pope Benedict XVI and the archbishop of Canterbury.

We all agree that a financial transaction tax would be the right signal to show that we have understood that financial markets have to contribute their share to the recovery of economies, the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, told her parliament recently.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/business/global/micro...





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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:10 AM
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1. I can see this as putting a damper on fast computer trading.
And that would be a good thing. Fast Computer trading using fast computer centers is nothing more than scamming the system and needs to be stopped. It is nothing more than high tech theft.
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CAcyclist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:27 AM
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2. I agree with that - excellent side effect nm
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:48 AM
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3. If it actually went to "the world's poor" it would be worth enacting
...somehow that seems unlikely.

However if Bill Nighy is promoting it, I'm slightly more optimistic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYtNwmXKIvM
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bloomington-lib Donating Member (513 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 05:28 PM
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4. I could see it going to contractors, subcontractors, subsubcontractors
and then when it gets to the poor they're offered a bag of moldy rice a food distributor had to get rid of.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:13 PM
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5. i never thought i would see the day that such a global tax
would be possible. which is the only way to make it work. but i think the day is here.
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