Saturday, 26 June 2010

Russian billionaires : HSBC : Kazakhstan : Ethics

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I was travelling into the CBD this morning on the train and took The Good Weekend magazine which accompanies Saturday's The Age with me.  I got to page 9 and found this disgusting advertisement (picture above is in two parts - the scanner wouldn't couldn't handle the full size in one).  

Who do HSBC think Australians are - dumbclucks?  Do they think we know nothing about them and the way they conduct business?  Do they think we know nothing about how Russian billionaires are making their billions?  Is HSBC highly amused at all this?  Well, I might have been born at night, HSBC, but it wasn't last night.

HSBC was a significant player in that greedy and larcenous event known as the American subprime mortgage crisis. You will remember this event, dear Networkers.   It is when the banks put their proud ethics on display for us all to see  You will remember that it cost people their homes, their jobs, their retirement funds.  The fall-out has been felt around the globe, even in Australia.  

From Wikipedia:
In November 2002 HSBC expanded further in the United States. Under the chairmanship of Sir John Bond, it spent £9bn (US$15.5bn) to acquire Household Finance Corporation (HFC), a US credit card issuer and subprime lender.[23] In a 2003 cover story, The Banker noted "when banking historians look back, they may conclude that [it] was the deal of the first decade of the 21st century".[24] Under the new name of HSBC Finance, the division was the second largest subprime lender in the US.[25]
In March 2009, HSBC announced that it would shut down the branch network of its HSBC Finance arm in the U.S., leading to nearly 6,000 job losses and leaving only the credit card business to continue operating.[26][27]
Chairman Stephen Green stated, "HSBC has a reputation for telling it as it is. With the benefit of hindsight, this is an acquisition we wish we had not undertaken."[28]; analyst Colin Morton said, "the takeover was an absolute disaster".[27][29]

Networkers, the names and profiles of HSBC's Australian executives can be found here.

The Head Office of HSBC is located in Sydney:
Level 32, 580 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Telephone: +61 2 9006 5888
Facsimile: +61 2 9006 5440

You might like to be in touch with them, Networkers,
when you find out from material below
how billions can be made in Russia
and, shhhhhhhh, I haven't used the phrase
Russian Mafia
- or did I?

My guess is that there is a purpose in this advertising - and not just something bright and breezy attractive to young aspirants.  Could this have something to do with it?  Is HSBC scratching across the world for dollars to support this Kazakhstan venture?  Kazakhstan, you may recall, was part of the old U.S.S.R.  These days the -stans are eyed off for their resources.  Kazakhstan is eyed off for its mineral resources, its petroleum and its natural gas.  But I wonder if people who would respond to this dubious advertisement would reap huge rewards - or whether, should there be rewards, they will go directly and no further to HSBC, its Board, its Executives, and its already wealthy allies - probably Russian billionaires.

Related reading:
Stealing the State: Control and Collapse in Soviet Institutions (Russian Research Center Studies)

Russian Billionaires: Roman Abramovich, Boris Berezovsky, Oleg Deripaska, Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, Alexander Lebedev, Mikhail Prokhorov

Tycoon - A New Russian

Further reading:

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