The Disconnect of Funding From Wealth Creation: The Corruption of Capitalism
Savvakis C. Savvides
Published: June 2022
This article identifies concentration of money and power and loosely regulated financial markets as impeding the efficient allocation of economic resources. The pursuit of return without risk inevitably leads to the transfer of wealth through a failing banking system which collaborates with hedge funds and global wealth management groups, who constantly seek low risk and high returns for the benefit of their wealthy clients. It is further argued that conditions conducive to economic development hardly exist in highly indebted countries and that wasteful finance inevitably brings about financial crises and recessions. The promise of a ‘return without the risk’ leads financial intermediaries in the direction of a quest, since the only way to attain this is through directing funding towards the capture of existing assets rather than it being invested back in the real economy to create new wealth.