The movement of people between industry and government is a political talking point, but how big a deal is it? Research is starting to quantify the extent of the problem.
Some of the largest financial advisory firms in the US have the highest rates of misconduct.
During his term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan suggested in 2004 that Americans who had stuck with fixed-rate mortgages were overpaying for their homes.
Locavores argue that shopping in neighborhood stores boosts the local economy, and buying veggies from the farm just out of town reduces your carbon footprint. Now research suggests local is also better when it comes to banking.
When people talk about the causes of the 2007–10 global financial crisis, weak regulatory oversight is usually near the top of the list.