Archive: October 2012

Why a financial transaction tax is good for your pension

| 23 October 2012
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Financial Markets, Financial Transaction Tax
Before the end of 2012, it is likely that 9 EU Member countries will invoke the “Enhanced Co-operation Procedure” and move ahead with a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT), that, if it had broad coverage of financial instruments and players would raise over USD$30bn, providing a ... continue reading

Europe’s fiscal blind spot

| 23 October 2012
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Carbon Taxes, Climate, Taxes
Smarter taxes on energy and emissions to reduce public deficits As European governments desperately try to plug public deficits, restore competitiveness, employment and growth, the tendency would seem to be towards less environmental policies. What if more environmental protection and putting a price on pollution ... continue reading

Solidarity beyond taxation

| 13 October 2012
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Philanthropy, Wealth Taxes
„Coercion doesn’t create good will” is a wise proverb – occasionally referred to as patriarchal. With a synonym for this adjective being patronizing, it is particularly fitting for the proposal that recently hit German headlines: to bolster public finances shaken by the Euro crisis with ... continue reading