Wonders of Capitalism: Mafia Bonds

Neotenianos

Before you criticize capitalism, you really want to understand how capitalism works. Explanation by the peerless Matt Levine of Bloomberg News:

I want to readthe risk factors here:

International investors bought bonds backed by the crime proceeds of Italy’s most powerful mafia, according to financial and legal documents seen by the Financial Times.

In one case, the bonds — backed in part by front companies charged with working for the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta mafia group — were purchased by one of Europe’s largest private banks, Banca Generali, in a transaction where consulting services were provided by accountancy group EY.

An estimated €1bn of these private bonds were sold to international investors between 2015 and 2019, according to market participants. Some of the bonds were linked to assets later revealed to be created by front companies for the ’Ndrangheta.

“Nice perfected security interest you’ve got here,” the risk factors…

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